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Durrell Mountain, Grant Hill
Gilford, NH, Gilmanton, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Ascending the ridge on Durrell Mountain
Ascending the ridge on Durrell Mountain

Route: Durrell Mountain Road, bushwhack, snowmobile trail, bushwhack

Late afternoon/evening trek to the southern Belknaps.

The initial Durrell Mountain Road section was unplowed with perhaps 6-10 inches of powder on top of some sort of motorized tracks. Shortly after passing a marsh on the right, a snowmobile trail entered from the left (north) and was well packed. Wanting to hit what looked like a trail on the USGS, I bushwhacked southeast from there, only to discover the trail was indeed the snowmobile trail (so hindsight, if you proceed straight/east onto the snowmobile trail, it will turn south into the Etta & Leon Tilton Memorial Forest).

I then followed the narrow, windy snowmobile trail until it reached a slight drainage coming from the Durrell-Grant col. From there, I bushwhacked in generally open woods southeast to the col. Reaching the col, I initially ascended northeast in open woods to the wooded summit of Durrell, then retraced my drifted in steps.

I then bushwhacked southwest to Grant Hill in generally open woods and hung around the summit for a bitter cold, windy sunset, then retraced my drifted tracks back to the col. From the col to the snowmobile trail, the tracks weren't quite as drifted in.

Overall, there appeared to be 2 to 3 feet of powder on top of the icy crust base prior to the recent storms.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, February 15, 2015
Parking Elevation: 870'
Destination: Durrell Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:13
Trailhead Elevation: 860'
Summit Elevation: 1,650'
Vertical Gain: 850'
Destination: Grant Hill
Time Elapsed: 00:32
Trailhead Elevation: 1,650'
Summit Elevation: 1,550'
Vertical Gain: 150'
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,110'


The end of the plowed portion of Durrell Mountain Road
The end of the plowed portion of Durrell Mountain Road

Durrell Mountain - Click to enlarge
Durrell Mountain

Bushwhacking to Grant Hill
Bushwhacking to Grant Hill

The sunset from Grant Hill - Click to enlarge
The sunset from Grant Hill

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Topographic map of Durrell Mountain, Grant Hill


Directions to trailhead: There is no parking at the end of the plowed portion of Durrell Mountain Road in Gilford in winter, but there may be room to park nearPop's Woods Conservation area just prior.

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