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Mt. Whittier, Bald Mountain
Tamworth, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The woods near the summit of Mt. Whittier
The woods near the summit of Mt. Whittier

Route: Bushwhack

For Mt. Whittier, our objective was to attempt to follow the long lost Mt. Whittier CCC Ski Trail (not to be confused with the defunct Mt. Whittier ski area on nearby Nickerson Mountain). The trail is long enough gone and the woods open enough that it was very tough to attempt to follow. I believe we were on it quite a few times (even found one of the old turn number signs). Snow pack on the slope was generally 1-2 feet with some bare spots. Spring snow this afternoon, but starting to set up around sunset.

Around 2,000 feet, we found the long-lost CCC cabin (photo from ~75 years ago on NewEnglandSkiHistory.com). Though not something I'd want to sleep in, it's still standing. A combination of attempting to roughly follow the trail (based upon some ski research I had done), as well as seeing the snow on the roof, made it stand out. Some locals have been looking for it for years. Neat find.

Above the cabin, we bushwhacked in generally open woods (lots of tall jack pine) up to the wooded summit. We then descended to the col (nice open hardwood stand), then up to Bald. While the summit is wooded, we found directional views toward Mt. Shaw on either side of it along the ridge.

We then descended initially toward the col, then favored west and went to two scree fields. The first one had views toward Baldface and Pleasant, while the lower one had a fantastic view of the White Mountains. Also some cliffs above it that could warrant some exploring. We then cut back to our tracks in the col generally retraced our steps out.

In the upper elevations, snowpack is probably about 3 feet deep.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Difficult
Destination: Mt. Whittier
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Bald Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Parking Elevation: 490'
Destination: Mt. Whittier
Time Elapsed: 02:16
Trailhead Elevation: 530'
Summit Elevation: 2,230'
Vertical Gain: 1,700'
Destination: Bald Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:49
Trailhead Elevation: 2,230'
Summit Elevation: 2,450'
Vertical Gain: 450'
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:20
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,440'


The woods near the summit of Mt. Whittier
The CCC ski cabin on the way to Mt. Whittier

Slight views of Chocorua from near the summit of Mt. Whittier - Click to enlarge
Slight views of Chocorua from near the summit of Mt. Whittier

Ascending Bald Mountain
Ascending Bald Mountain

Looking at Passaconaway, Carrigain, and Paugus from the Bald Mountain scree field - Click to enlarge
Looking at Passaconaway, Carrigain, and Paugus from the Bald Mountain scree field

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