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Mt. Mary, Pilot Range (Middle Peak), Pilot Range (West Peak), Hutchins Mountain
Lancaster, NH, Stark, NH, Kilkenny, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the logging road on the way to Mt. Mary
Looking up the logging road on the way to Mt. Mary

Route: Logging road, unnamed trail, (Mt. Mary), unnamed trail, bushwhack, (Pilot Range - Middle Peak), bushwhack, (Pilot Range - West Peak), bushwhack, (Hutchins Mountain), bushwhack, (Pilot Range - Middle Peak), bushwhack, unnamed trail, logging road

Starting at a private residence, we headed up a field to an old logging road, which eventually became a foot path. After reaching the wooded summit of Mt. Mary, we doubled back to the col, where we took a break. We then continued to backtrack on the trail, then bushwhacked through open woods to Middle Pilot.

We continued through decent woods to West Pilot, then dropped down and attempted to stay on the ridge or east of the ridge when possible, eventually running into good moose paths. We then hopped onto another ridge and followed a good line up to the near-summit view and to the highpoint. After that, we followed a herd path to the south side of the peak, where there were excellent views from a bit of a ledge.

For the return trip, we retraced or steps (though skirted to the east of West Pilot) through the woods, then dropped onto the trail for the walk out.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Mt. Mary
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Pilot Range (Middle Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Very Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Pilot Range (West Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Very Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Hutchins Mountain
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Very Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Parking Elevation: 1,250'
Destination: Mt. Mary
Time Elapsed: 01:49
Trailhead Elevation: 1,300'
Summit Elevation: 3,570'
Vertical Gain: 2,370'
Destination: Pilot Range (Middle Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:46
Trailhead Elevation: 3,570'
Summit Elevation: 3,615'
Vertical Gain: 285'
Destination: Pilot Range (West Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:24
Trailhead Elevation: 3,615'
Summit Elevation: 3,530'
Vertical Gain: 160'
Destination: Hutchins Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:23
Trailhead Elevation: 3,530'
Summit Elevation: 3,730'
Vertical Gain: 580'
Hike Time Elapsed: 08:04
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,120'


Near the start of the logging road off Herman Savage Road
Near the start of the logging road off Herman Savage Road

Franconia Notch as seen from the col north of Mt. Mary - Click to enlarge
Franconia Notch as seen from the col north of Mt. Mary

Bushwhacking to Middle Pilot Range
Bushwhacking to Middle Pilot Range

A lack of views on Middle Pilot Range - Click to enlarge
A lack of views on Middle Pilot Range

Bushwhacking to West Pilot Range
Bushwhacking to West Pilot Range

A lack of views from Middle Pilot Range - Click to enlarge
A lack of views from Middle Pilot Range

Moose paths on the way to Hutchins Mountain
Moose paths on the way to Hutchins Mountain

Unknown Pond Peak, The Horn, The Bulge, Mt. Cabot (background) and the Pilot Range as seen from the southern Hutchins ledges - Click to enlarge
Unknown Pond Peak, The Horn, The Bulge, Mt. Cabot (background) and the Pilot Range as seen from the southern Hutchins ledges

Directions to trailhead: An old logging road departs from Herman Savage Road (off Lost Nation Road east of Lancaster). The landowner at the end of Herman Savage Road may grant foot access to this private logging road if asked.

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