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Foss Mountain
Eaton, NH

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

Route: Foss Mountain Road, Foss Mountain Trail, (Foss Mountain North Peak), Foss Mountain Trail, Foss Mountain Road

Though the cloud cover looked discouraging, we nonetheless decided to continue with plans to hike Foss Mountain for the sunset. With the recent snow and rain, we decided to park at the winter parking lot. Though it was probably possible to make it to the the summer parking area, the upper portion of the road was unplowed, with upwards of 8" of crust and ice coated snow.

As we climbed the Foss Mountain Trail, we could see some light to the southeast. Upon clearing the ridge, we were quite happy to see the southwest was also in the clear. Meanwhile, the White Mountains looked to be in the midst of a snowstorm.

Though it was rather cold standing on the windy, open summit, we nonetheless waited until sunset and were rewarded with some excellent colors over the Belknaps and southern Ossipee Mountains.

Thanks to the snow, we were able to return to the winter parking lot without needing to use headlamps. A rewarding hike!


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Foss Mountain (North Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Hike Commenced: 2:46 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,070'
Destination: Foss Mountain (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 3:17 PM
Summit Reached: 3:29 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:12
Trailhead Elevation: 1,420'
Summit Elevation: 1,647'
Distance: .5 mile
Vertical Gain: 247'
Hike Ended: 5:03 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:17
Hike Vertical Gain: 717'


The Foss Mountain Trail trailhead next to the seasonal portion of Foss Mountain Road
The Foss Mountain Trail trailhead next to the seasonal portion of Foss Mountain Road

Looking north at Kearsarge North Mountain from the north peak of Foss Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking north at Kearsarge North Mountain from the north peak of Foss Mountain

Sunset colors above Ossipee Lake and between the Belknaps and Ossipees as seen from the north peak of Foss Mountain - Click to enlarge
Sunset colors above Ossipee Lake and between the Belknaps and Ossipees as seen from the north peak of Foss Mountain

Topographic map of Foss Mountain


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 153 North to Brownfield Road. Take a right onto Bull Pasture Road. Take a right onto Stewart Road. Take a left onto Foss Mountain Road. The winter parking area is up the road a bit on the right hand side. The Foss Mountain Trail trailhead is about a mile further up the road on the right.

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