NE 4,000 Footers
NE 100 Highest
NH 4,000 Footers
NH 100 Highest
NH 52 With A View
NH Belknap Range
NH Ossipee 10
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Mt. Roberts Trail
Route: Mt. Roberts Trail
After two days off the trails, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to head out for a few hours. While I was leaning toward something in the Ferncroft area, I didn't quite have enough time to pull it off, so I decided to head down to the Ossipees.
Arriving at an empty hiker parking lot near the bottling plant, I barebooted over to the Mt. Roberts Trail, strapped on my snowshoes, and commenced trail breaking. Down low there was only about two inches of new snow, but as I ascended, it increased to about four inches, and upward of half a foot in a few select places.
The vast ledges of this hike seem to always surprise me - they take up a significant amount of the total distance. What amazing views.
The views from the summit weren't quite as strong, as points beyond the Sandwich Range were in the clouds (though I could get a few glimpses of the Presidentials).
I stopped briefly on the descent at the viewpoint along the lower portion of the trail to catch the early stages of the sunset - while it was tempting to wait around for the full show, I was nonetheless short on time. It ended up setting while I was nearing the end of the trail, but I was still able to get some later stage colors from the vistas near the parking area.
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Mt. Roberts Trail trailhead near the horse barn
Looking at Black Snout from the Mt. Roberts summit.
The sunset as seen from the knob near the Mt. Roberts Trail
Sunset colors as seen from the road near the Mt. Roberts Trail trailhead
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 109 South from Route 25. Bear left onto Route 171. Shortly thereafter, take a left onto Ossipee Park Road. The small hiker parking lot is located just after the gatehouse, on the right. Continue on the road on foot, taking a left at the intersection. The Mt. Roberts Trail trailhead is located at the corner of the field near the barn.
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