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Mt. Crosby, Bald Knob
Groton, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the High Pasture Loop on the way to Mt. Crosby
Looking up the High Pasture Loop on the way to Mt. Crosby

Route: John F. Woodhouse Trail, Old North Groton Road, Eliza Remick Road, High Pasture Loop, Beeline Trail, Bald Knob Trail, Old North Groton Road, John F. Woodhouse Trail

Trails were generally dry with some minor mud. A dusting of snow up high. No traction needed, but light traction may be a good idea after the next precip event, as there are some ledges.

Lower 2/3rds of hike still looks pretty fresh from logging two years ago. Portions on woods roads down low can be hard to follow due to many junctions and not many blazes, however the upper trails are now well blazed and fairly well signed.

There is a newish trail (I don't recall seeing it two years ago) that goes from the High Pasture Trail/Beeline Trail junction (below Mt. Crosby) direct to the Crosby-Bald Knob Trail, which should provide some more options.

Mt. Crosby views are now dominated by the massive windfarm built east and north of it. You know have to look through/over the turbines to see the Whites Mountains. Windy evening, but turbines are not yet functional.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Crosby
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Bald Knob
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, November 5, 2012
Parking Elevation: 970'
Destination: Mt. Crosby
Time Elapsed: 00:36
Trailhead Elevation: 970'
Summit Elevation: 2,230'
Vertical Gain: 1,310'
Destination: Bald Knob
Time Elapsed: 00:08
Trailhead Elevation: 2,230'
Summit Elevation: 2,050'
Vertical Gain: 100'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:36
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,490'


The John F. Woodhouse Trail trailhead off North Groton Road
The John F. Woodhouse Trail trailhead off North Groton Road

Looking at the Groton Wind Farm from Mt. Crosby - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Groton Wind Farm from Mt. Crosby

The spur trail from Mt. Crosby to Bald Knob
The spur trail from Mt. Crosby to Bald Knob

Newfound Lake as seen from Bald Knob - Click to enlarge
Newfound Lake as seen from Bald Knob

The sunset from Bald Knob - Click to enlarge
The sunset from Bald Knob

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 3A south from Plymouth. Just prior to reaching Newfound Lake, taken a right onto North Shore Road. Continue straight through Hebron onto Groton Road. Once in Groton, bear right onto North Groton Road. The Cockermouth Forest - John F. Woodhouse Trail sign will eventually be on the right. Follow that dirt road to the gate - there is minimal room for parking adjacent to the gate. The John F. Woodhouse Trail is the logging road behind the gate.

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