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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 UNH Trail near the summit of Hedgehog Mountain
Looking down the UNH Trail near the summit of Hedgehog Mountain

Route: UNH Trail

With the days continuing to get shorter, I was hoping to get in a hike without using my headlamp. With mosquito season done, I decided to head over to Hedgehog Mountain.

Arriving a bit later than I had hoped at the trailhead due to the drive-40-in-a-50-leaf-peepers clogging the roads, I made decent time on the flats, but slowed down a bit as I started to ascend the mountain, as I decided to do some blowdown removal.

Near the summit, I was struck by the views of a white Mt. Washington. At the actual summit, the views were also quite strong - though the foliage was past peak, Mt. Chocorua looked great.

The east portion of the loop, though scenic, was a bit of a drag, as the lower portion (which is expected to be rerouted in the near future) was a bit muddy.

Though it was a bit dark by the time I made it back to the parking lot, I was able to avoid needing to use my headlamp. With the vast west facing ledges near the summit, I may need to check this out as a sunset hike someday.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Hike Commenced: 3:49 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,265'
Destination: Hedgehog Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 3:49 PM
Summit Reached: 4:38 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:49
Trailhead Elevation: 1,270'
Summit Elevation: 2,532'
Distance: 1.9 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,302'
Hike Ended: 6:34 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:45
Hike Distance: 4.8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,537'


UNH Trail trailhead
UNH Trail trailhead

Looking at Mt. Washington from near the Hedgehog Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from near 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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