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Mary's Mountain
Freedom, NH

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

Route: Mary's Mountain Trail

While my original intent was to hike Stacy Mountain, I couldn't seem to locate a trailhead. Since I only had limited time until I had to head south for the day, I decided to check out Mary's Mountain.

Arriving at the Danforth Bay Campground, I wasn't quite sure where the trailhead was. There has apparently been a lot of work done at the campground in recent years, so the topographic and aerial imagery doesn't accurately show the roads or parking lots. I was just about ready to leave when I spotted the trailhead sign above the RV/day use parking lot. Since the bugs were out, I wasted no time in getting moving.

The trail is fairly gradual until it crosses a snowmobile trail about halfway up. Shortly after this, the woods open up and reveal a quasi meadow and some moderately steep ledges. The high point is bit past the first ledge, on a second ledge/small cliff.

The views were good - looking east at Foss Mountain, south at Green Mountain, and southwest at Ossipee Lake. While I wanted to enjoy the sights and good weather, the black flies drove me away. Other than stopping a few times near the top to look at a flower I had never seen before (which I later identified to be a wild columbine), I headed straight down.

Not a bad little peak - good to know I have another short, easy hike nearby.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, May 17, 2008
Hike Commenced: 10:28 AM
Parking Elevation: 480'
Destination: Mary's Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 10:29 AM
Summit Reached: 10:43 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:14
Trailhead Elevation: 495'
Summit Elevation: 944'
Distance: .7 mile
Vertical Gain: 469'
Hike Ended: 11:04 AM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:36
Hike Distance: 1.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 489'


The Mary's Mountain Trail trailhead
The Mary's Mountain Trail trailhead

A wild columbine flower on the side of Mary's Mountain Trail
A wild columbine flower on the side of Mary's Mountain Trail

Looking at the southern portion of Ossipee Lake from the summit of Mary's Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at the southern portion of Ossipee Lake from the summit of Mary's Mountain

Topographic map of Mary's Mountain


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from West Ossipee to Route 41 East. Take a right on Ossipee Lake Road. Head down this for a few minutes, then take a left onto Shawtown Road (Danforth Bay Campground sign). Go straight on this road, then take a left and park in the RV/day parking lot. The Mary's Mountain Trail trailhead is located just above the northwest corner of the parking lot.

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