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Little Larcom Mountain, Larcom Mountain
Tamworth, NH

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

Route: Unknown trail, (Little Larcom Mountain), unknown trail, (Larcom Mountain), unknown trail

After having done a small hike in southern Maine, I decided I wanted to get out for another quick hike if the weather cooperated. While things were a bit cloudy and hazy, it looked like there wouldn't be much rain hitting the northern Ossipee Mountains.

Arriving at the small parking area across the street from the apple orchard, I quickly set foot up the left side of the field, soon reaching the quasi-logging road at the top. Heading up this logging road, I hit a flagged junction at a height of land after a few minutes. Taking a right, I headed up a trail that soon arrived at the somewhat ledgy summit of Little Larcom Mountain. Though hazy, there were decent views of Kearsarge North and some of the northern Ossipee Mountains. After looking around a bit, I headed back down the trail to the junction, then headed straight, descending slightly, the ascending sharply in places.

For a relatively unknown trail, it looks like it does get some use. There are a variety of markings, ranging from old ax blazes to faded painted blazes to surveying tape to painted wooded arrows.

The summit of Larcom was a surprise - there were multiple ledges and even some old surveying pins. Once again, the views were a bit hazy, but the Sandwich Range, part of the lake, and many Ossipee peaks were visisble. My favorite viewpoint, looking toward Mt. Shaw, came from a nice long ledge located a little bit below the highpoint.

While the views were slowly improving, night was quickly approaching, so I decided to head back while I was ahead in the game. What a neat hike!


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, September 13, 2008
Hike Commenced: 5:23 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,050'
Destination: Little Larcom Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 5:23 PM
Summit Reached: 5:39 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:16
Trailhead Elevation: 1,050'
Summit Elevation: 1,685'
Vertical Gain: 650'
Destination: Larcom Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 5:44 PM
Summit Reached: 6:02 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:18
Trailhead Elevation: 1,685'
Summit Elevation: 2,093'
Vertical Gain: 533'
Hike Ended: 6:38 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:15
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,198'


The beginning of the trail on Mountain Road
The beginning of the trail on Mountain Road

Looking at Bald Mountain from near the Little Larcom Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Bald Mountain from near the Little Larcom Mountain summit

Looking up the trail near the Larcom Mountain summit
Looking up the trail near the Larcom Mountain summit

Looking at at Mt. Shaw from near the Larcom Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at at Mt. Shaw from near the Larcom Mountain summit

Topographic map of Little Larcom Mountain, Larcom Mountain


Directions to trailhead: ---Please note, as of Winter 2009, this trailhead is reportedly closed to hikers.--- Take Route 25 west from West Ossipee to South Tamworth. Just after hitting the reduced speed limit, take a left onto Mountain Road. Drive up this road, cross a bridge, then head up to the height of land (apple orchard and a small shack on the right). Just after the height of land and at the south edge of the field that contains the apple orchard, there is a small parking area on the left. The trail starts on the right, following the edge of the field, then entering the woods at the top.

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