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Downing Mountain
Ellsworth, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The forest boundary on the northern slope of Downing Mountain
The forest boundary on the northern slope of Downing Mountain

Route: Bushwhack

After bushwhacking to the run peak a few weeks earlier (using a vague map), I returned to the Stinson Lake area to bushwhack to the summit of Downing Mountain.

Parking at the end of the plowed portion of Stinson Lake Road, I generally followed the USFS boundary line for the first part of the open woods bushwhack, then continued straight up the fall line when the boundary departed along a contour.

After reaching the wooded highpoint, I headed over to an excellent vista ledge, which provided excellent views of Stinson Lake, Carr Mountain, and Stinson Mountain, as well as partial views of Mt. Moosilauke's South Peak.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Parking Elevation: 1,240'
Destination: Downing Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:31
Trailhead Elevation: 1,240'
Summit Elevation: 2,091'
Vertical Gain: 851'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:03
Hike Vertical Gain: 851'


Entering the woods from near the end of the plowed portion of Stinson Lake Road, just past Buzzell Road
Entering the woods from near the end of the plowed portion of Stinson Lake Road, just past Buzzell Road

Stinson Lake as seen from near the summit of Downing Mountain - Click to enlarge
Stinson Lake as seen from near the summit of Downing Mountain

Topographic map of Downing Mountain


Directions to trailhead: From Rumney, take Stinson Lake Road past Stinson Lake. The road will eventually be signed as not maintained for winter travel, however in winter 2012, it was plowed (though not sanded) to a residential area. At the end of the plowed portion, shortly past Buzzell Road and just past the WMNF boundary, there was a turnaround area with a little room to park.

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