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Nickerson Mountain, Grant Peak
West Ossipee, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the old gondola lift line
Looking down the old gondola lift line

Route: Gondola line, snowmobile trail, bushwhack

Snowshoed up the old Mt. Whittier gondola lift line, which has seen some skier over the winter. Good snowpack, though there was one large cliff band on the upper steeps that I had to bushwhack around. Flex Alps snowshoes helped with traction, as there were cliff bands in the woods as well. Apart from some blue ice in the cliffy section, snow was generally spring snow or frozen granular that supported snowshoes. Good views north and west on the other side of the communications tower. I then bushwhacked over to Grant Peak (the tower access road helps one descend toward the col for a little bit...snowmobile packed) in relatively open woods. No views on the wooded summit, but there were some obstructed views through the trees nearby.

Overall, snowpack appeared to be 2 to 3 feet.

Neat sunset over the shoulder of Mt. Whittier from Nickerson.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Nickerson Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Grant Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Parking Elevation: 470'
Destination: Nickerson Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:52
Trailhead Elevation: 470'
Summit Elevation: 1,700'
Vertical Gain: 1,230'
Destination: Grant Peak
Time Elapsed: 00:18
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700'
Summit Elevation: 1,783'
Vertical Gain: 183'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:35
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,496'


The power line crossing on Norman Drew Road
The power line crossing on Norman Drew Road

Looking at Mt. Washington from near the summit of Nickerson Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from near the summit of Nickerson Mountain

Heading to Grant Peak
Heading to Grant Peak

Looking through the trees at Green Mountain from Grant Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking through the trees at Green Mountain from Grant Peak

The sunset from Nickerson Mountain - Click to enlarge
The sunset from Nickerson Mountain

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