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Hedgehog Mountain
Albany, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the straight reroute of the UNH Trail to the parking area
Looking down the straight reroute of the UNH Trail to the parking area

Route: UNH Trail

The next stop in the rehab bandwagon was something around 1,200-1,500 vertical feet and about 5 miles long. Finally, after planning to hike it for a few months, it was time for Hedgehog Mountain.

The UNH Trail starts in a parking area just off Route 112. It starts off pretty much completely flat for almost a quarter of a mile. At the junction where the UNH Trail splits into a loop, I decided for the shorter leg for the ascent.

The trail continues at an easy pitch before steepening briefly near a lookout. From there, it continues at a mild pace before steepening again a bit before the summit.

The natural views from the summit are nice, looking into the valley separating Hedgehog from Chocorua, Paugus, Passaconaway, and the Tripyramids.

The descent down the longer part of the loop was a bit more challenging, as there are some short steep sections and a few rocky areas. Nothing too bad, however. There are also nice views from the eastern lookout.

The trail is pretty easy to follow, however it's definitely overdue for some new blazes.

With the patella strap, the descent seemed to go fairly well - only minimal pain. I hope this continues to be true!


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, June 18, 2007
Hike Commenced: 4:00 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,265'
Destination: Hedgehog Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:01 PM
Summit Reached: 4:45 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:44
Trailhead Elevation: 1,270'
Summit Elevation: 2,532'
Distance: 1.9 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,302'
Hike Ended: 6:16 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:16
Hike Distance: 4.8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,537'


UNH Trail trailhead
UNH Trail trailhead

Looking west at the Three Sisters and Mt. Chocorua from the Hedgehog Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking west at the Three Sisters and Mt. Chocorua from the Hedgehog Mountain summit




Directions to trailhead: Take Route 112 West from Conway. A bit after Bear Notch Road, look for the sign for the entrance to the UNH Trail (amongst others) Parking on the left. WMNF fee parking area.

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