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Currier Mountain, Mt. Dartmouth
Carroll, NH, Low and Burbanks Grant, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
A logging road on the way to Currier Mountain
A logging road on the way to Currier Mountain

Route: Logging roads, bushwhack, (Currier Mountain), bushwhack, (Mt. Dartmouth), bushwhack, (Currier Mountain), bushwhack, logging roads

Initial logging road walk was mostly dry with a few minor mud patches. When then went uphill at a large older clearcut, which was rather muddy (on descent, we stayed off to the side in the woods, which were dry). Toward the top of the clearcut, we hopped onto an old logging road and followed it much of the way to the col south of Currier.

While we saw evidence of the old trail, we ended up bushwhacking much of the small cone up Currier (from the south), which had some occasional thick scrub and blowdown. While we could find any sign of the long gone fire tower, we did find some of the communications wire on the north side of the summit. Excellent directional views from the ledges (especially if you drop down maybe 15 vertical feet onto them).

Back in the south col, we slabbed up to Dartmouth, sort of following the ridge. Near the false northwest bump, we started hitting thicker stuff and some blowdown, before things eased up near the recognized highpoint.

For the descent, we dropped down the north slope, then slabbed northwest, running more of a direct line back to Currier. Much better woods. Pretty good going in fact. We then reclimbed Currier (in part to go to the ledges again, now that the sun wasn't directly in front of us, obscuring views), then attempted to follow the old trail that wrapped around the northeast and north, but only had it in places (as evidenced by old footbed and the communications wire). We eventually then just bushwhacked west through mostly open woods and back to the main logging road. While I had heard about a herd path all the way to Currier, I didn't see any evidence of anything as prominent as the bootleg path to The Nubble.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Currier Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Very Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Dartmouth
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Very Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, October 12, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,660'
Destination: Currier Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:37
Trailhead Elevation: 1,660'
Summit Elevation: 2,790'
Vertical Gain: 1,180'
Destination: Mt. Dartmouth
Time Elapsed: 01:35
Trailhead Elevation: 2,790'
Summit Elevation: 3,727'
Vertical Gain: 1,077'
Hike Time Elapsed: 08:07
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,457'


The start of the logging road off Mill Brook Road
The start of the logging road off Mill Brook Road

Looking at Cherry Mountain from a logging landing on the way to Currier Mountain
Looking at Cherry Mountain from a logging landing on the way to Currier Mountain

Looking at the Northern Presidentials from the Currier Mountain ledges - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Northern Presidentials from the Currier Mountain ledges

An area of open woods on the way to Mt. Dartmouth
An area of open woods on the way to Mt. Dartmouth

A lack of views from Mt. Dartmouth - Click to enlarge
A lack of views from Mt. Dartmouth

Topographic map of Currier Mountain, Mt. Dartmouth


Directions to trailhead: From Route 115, take Cherry Mountain Road south, then take a left onto Mill Brook Road. There will eventually be a gated logging road on the left.

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