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Dixville Peak, Table Rock
Dixville, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The abandoned Balsams Wilderness ski area
The abandoned Balsams Wilderness ski area

Route: Bunny Hop XC Ski Trail, snowmobile trail, ski trails, Dixville Peak Trail, herd path, Mt. Gloriette Trail, Table Rock Trail, (Table Rock), Table Rock Trail, xc ski trail, snowmobile trail, Bunny Hop XC Ski Trail

Nice weather most of the day way north with blue skies and mild temperatures.

Started off on snowmobile trails (not much nordic use anymore due to Balsams being closed), dropping into the bottom of the closed alpine ski area. About 6" of snowpack down low.

We then bee lined up to the top of the ski area, then when looking toward the turbines, headed right down a novice trail briefly, then took a left onto the Cohos Trail toward Dixville. 1.5 feet of snow at this point, with only a few sets of tracks. Awhile later, the trail joined an active snowmobile trail corridor, which we followed to the side of Dixville Peak, the wrapped around, touched the remaining highpoint (20 vertical feet or so of the summit was blasted away for the wind turbine), dropped back to the snowmbile corridor, and doubled back to the ski area.

With plenty of time and nice weather to spare, we headed north toward Table Rock. This section of the Cohos Trail had a set of snowmobile tracks for much of the way as well (until the corridor narrowed maybe half a mile before Table Rock). Snowshoe tracks heading toward Three Brothers Trail. None on the steep Table Rock Trail. A good 1.5-2 feet of snow on the ridge. Table Rock itself was a little bit icy.

We took the easier branch of the Table Rock (west) down, which was also snowshoed out. Near the bottom, we followed an old herd path onto an unused nordic trail back to the alpine ski area base, and then back out to Route 26.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Dixville Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: Table Rock
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, February 1, 2014
Parking Elevation: 1,680'
Destination: Dixville Peak
Time Elapsed: 01:46
Trailhead Elevation: 1,680'
Summit Elevation: 3,470'
Vertical Gain: 1,909'
Destination: Table Rock
Time Elapsed: 01:24
Trailhead Elevation: 3,470'
Summit Elevation: 2,510'
Vertical Gain: 189'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:32
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,138'


The Bunny Hop Trail crossing on Route 26
The Bunny Hop Trail crossing on Route 26

Looking up the snowmobile trail to Dixville Peak
Looking up the snowmobile trail to Dixville Peak

Looking at the Vermont Monadnock from near the summit of Dixville Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Vermont Monadnock from near the summit of Dixville Peak

The trail between Balsams Wilderness ski area and Table Rock
The trail between Balsams Wilderness ski area and Table Rock

Looking at the abandoned Balsams Wilderness Grand Hotel from Table Rock - Click to enlarge
Looking at the abandoned Balsams Wilderness Grand Hotel from Table Rock

Directions to trailhead: While there is little to no room to park, the Bunny Hop XC ski trail (and snowmobile trail) crosses Route 26 west of Dixville Notch.

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