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Mt. Stanton, Mt. Pickering
Bartlett, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Mt. Stanton Trail
Looking up the Mt. Stanton Trail

Route: Mt. Stanton Trail

Not wanting to deal with snowshoeing on sticky snow, I opted to hike something that I could boot.

While the Mt. Stanton Trail started off gradually enough, the steeps leading up to Whites Ledge gave me a workout. Reaching Mt. Stanton, I had excellent views to the north, despite the fog.

Dropping off the windy summit, I worked my way up to Mt. Pickering on a less steep trail (still some short steeper areas weaving around small cliffs). After touching the wooded highpoint just off trail, I continued north to a halfway decent viewpoint (not as good as Stanton's in my opinion) - though somewhat obstructed by tree growth, there was still an impressive view of Iron Mountain, as well as some neat looks up the Rocky Branch valley.

Back on Mt. Stanton, I had an awesome display of colors as the sun set behind the fog - an unexpected bonus.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Stanton
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Pickering
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, February 19, 2010
Hike Commenced: 3:47 PM
Parking Elevation: 630'
Destination: Mt. Stanton
Ascent Commenced: 3:47 PM
Summit Reached: 4:26 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:39
Trailhead Elevation: 630'
Summit Elevation: 1,716'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,146'
Destination: Mt. Pickering
Ascent Commenced: 4:28 PM
Summit Reached: 4:50 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:22
Trailhead Elevation: 1,716'
Summit Elevation: 1,930'
Distance: 0.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 495'
Hike Ended: 5:56 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:09
Hike Distance: 4.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,017'


The Mt. Stanton Trail trailhead on Covered Bridge Lane
The Mt. Stanton Trail trailhead on Covered Bridge Lane

Looking at the Wildcats and Carter Dome from Mt. Stanton - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Wildcats and Carter Dome from Mt. Stanton

Looking down the Mt. Stanton Trail on the way to Mt. Pickering
Looking down the Mt. Stanton Trail on the way to Mt. Pickering

Looking at Iron Mountain from near the summit of Mt. Pickering - Click to enlarge
Looking at Iron Mountain from near the summit of Mt. Pickering

Sunset colors as seen from the south ledges of Mt. Stanton - Click to enlarge
Sunset colors as seen from the south ledges of Mt. Stanton

Topographic map of Mt. Stanton, Mt. Pickering - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 West from the 16-302 junction north of North Conway. Just before the Saco River bridge crossing (currently under construction), take a right onto Covered Bridge Lane. Bear left at the fork in the road, remaining on Covered Bridge Lane. After the road starts to climb uphill, look for a hiking sign on the left side of the road at the beginning of a curve. This is the trailhead. There is some room for parking on either side of Covered Bridge Lane.

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