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Cotton Mountain
Holderness, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Cotton Mountain Trail
Looking down the Cotton Mountain Trail

Route: Cotton Mountain Trail

First portion of the trail had a nice snowshoe track aerated by a dedicated postholer who stopped at the field.

The next section had seen no use since the Saturday night storm, resulting in a few inches of fluffy powder on top of the previous footbed. Soon thereafter, some snowshoe tracks joined from the south, all the way to the summit vista (technically the Cotton Mountain highpoint is a trailless peak). No tracks heading northbound on Crawford Ridgepole.

Overall, snowpack was probably 2-3 feet.

Cold start at -14F, but fortunately no winds.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Cotton Mountain
Length: Easy
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Parking Elevation: 590'
Destination: Cotton Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:17
Trailhead Elevation: 590'
Summit Elevation: 1,200'
Distance: .7 mile
Vertical Gain: 615'
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:38
Hike Distance: 1.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 625'


The Cotton Mountain Trail trailhead off Route 113
The Cotton Mountain Trail trailhead off Route 113

Sunrise from the viewpoint near the southeast peak of Cotton Mountain - Click to enlarge
Sunrise from the viewpoint near the southeast peak of Cotton Mountain

Directions to trailhead: From Route 25 in Holderness, take Route 113 East past the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. The small roadside parking lot and Cotton Mountain Trail trailhead will be on the left shortly thereafter.

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