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Prospect Mountain
Lancaster, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the power line cut
Looking up the power line cut

Route: Auto road, powerline cut, herd path, (Prospect Mountain), auto road

Realizing I had enough time for a second quick hike prior to the lost ski area discussion at the summit of Prospect Mountain, I parked in the lot across US 3 and headed up the auto road on foot. Sick of walking on pavement, I noticed the power line cut had recently been brushed. Thus, I climbed up the steep cut and was soon at the summit.

The views from the summit area were great, but even better from the fire tower. Though the Presidentials were in the clouds, there was plenty else to see, including a unique view of the Kilkenny area.

Since the powerline cut was a bit rough for descent, I choose to do a fast roadwalk back. Reaching the parking lot, I then hopped in my vehicle and drove back to the summit for the ski area presentation and subsequent sunset.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Mt. Prospect
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, July 30, 2009
Hike Commenced: 5:48 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,430'
Destination: Prospect Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 5:48 PM
Summit Reached: 6:06 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:18
Trailhead Elevation: 1,433'
Summit Elevation: 2,077'
Vertical Gain: 649'
Hike Ended: 6:33 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:45
Hike Vertical Gain: 652'


The beginning of the Prospect Mountain auto road
The beginning of the Prospect Mountain auto road

A spotted touch-me-nots along the Prospect Mountain auto road
A spotted touch-me-nots along the Prospect Mountain auto road

Mt. Martha as seen from the Prospect Mountain fire tower - Click to enlarge
Mt. Martha as seen from the Prospect Mountain fire tower

The sunset as seen from Prospect Mountain - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from Prospect Mountain

Topographic map of Prospect Mountain


Directions to trailhead: Take US 3 north from Whitefield. The Weeks State Park auto road will eventually be on the right, with a parking area across Route 3 on the left.

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