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Rickers Knoll, The Twins (South Peak), The Twins (North Peak), Mt. Shaw
Chatham, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Weeks Brook Trail on the way to Rickers Knoll
Weeks Brook Trail on the way to Rickers Knoll

Route: Weeks Brook Trail, bushwhack, Province Brook Trail

Weeks Brook Trail up to the swamp in the Kearsarge North - Rickers Knoll col was generally dry, though some of the logged areas were overgrown. One particular field was hard to navigate due to high grass and some ATV packed down sections...trail sort of exits the field on the right.

Once up in the col, we attempted to find the abandoned Twins Trail, but were initially unsuccessful. Perhaps it starts just a tad bit lower than the swamp. We initially hit some thicker spruce with blowdown, but eventually hugged around the peak, hitting the northwest ledges (could prove to be very scenic, but it was pretty foggy to start), then doubling back up to the recognized summit (picking up the old trail there). The trail seemed to be well worn in southbound, but we did lose it northbound somewhat quickly. We did pick it up briefly later on (even finding a really old soda can) where it was very prominent (descending down the nortwest ridge of Rickers, contrary to some of the old maps), but lost it in some blowdown/thicker spruce. Tended to have some slow going, attempting to favor the east side of the ridge, but things improved after we hit the col just before the Twins. Two possible corridors still seemed open in the vicinity of the abandoned Gemini Trail crossing (as well as an old logging road). Both seemed to have more hope on the northwest side than on the southeast side.

Both Twins had quite a few view ledges near their summits, the northern of which is recognized as being higher. We picked up the abandoned trail once or twice, but the bushwhacking wasn't overly thick otherwise in this section.

We also had occasional trail dropping off North Twin, but that soon ran out. Offhand I don't recall seeing any evidence of the old trail that came up from near Province Pond, but it's possible we were west of that junction, as we aimed for the western ridge of Mt. Shaw. Other than a few ledgy/rocky areas, the going wasn't too bad up to the ridge and then over to the recognized summit. The recognized highpoint is a bit north of the spot elevation on the map, which shows up as a ledge on the aerial. Said ledge doesn't have much in way of views and does appear to be lower than the highpoint.

We also went out to the eastern ledges in search of views, but they too were blocked in by trees. There was a promising ledge on the southeast face that probably has views, but we opted to instead head over to the eastern knoll, which was burned over at some point (still some charred logs). While we got near it without too much issue, getting onto it from above was thick due to blowdown and new growth. Once out on the ledge, the views were spectacular. We opted to exit to the east, which looked worse than it actually was (found a ramp down off the cliffs, then the young hardwood growth wasn't as thick as it seemed, soon giving way to open hardwoods below it, all the way to the pond/shelter).

The Province Pond Shelter was surprisingly not being used when we arrived there not long before dinner time. Once upon the eastern shore of the pond, it was a pretty quick walk out, as it's a gated forest road (not muddy) from there to the parking lot.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Rickers Knoll
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Moderate (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: The Twins (South Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: The Twins (North Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Shaw
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Parking Elevation: 550'
Destination: Rickers Knoll
Time Elapsed: 02:08
Trailhead Elevation: 550'
Summit Elevation: 2,477'
Vertical Gain: 1,977'
Destination: The Twins (South Peak)
Time Elapsed: 02:23
Trailhead Elevation: 2,477'
Summit Elevation: 2,490'
Vertical Gain: 390'
Destination: The Twins (North Peak)
Time Elapsed: 00:28
Trailhead Elevation: 2,490'
Summit Elevation: 2,519'
Vertical Gain: 159'
Destination: Mt. Shaw
Time Elapsed: 00:44
Trailhead Elevation: 2,519'
Summit Elevation: 2,585'
Vertical Gain: 385'
Hike Time Elapsed: 09:01
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,951'


The Weeks Brook Trail trailhead
The Weeks Brook Trail trailhead

Foggy views toward Kearsarge North from near the summit of Rickers Knoll - Click to enlarge
Foggy views toward Kearsarge North from near the summit of Rickers Knoll

A brief stretch of abandoned trail on the way to South Twin
A brief stretch of abandoned trail on the way to South Twin

Looking back at Rickers Knoll and Kearsarge North from near the summit of South Twin - Click to enlarge
Looking back at Rickers Knoll and Kearsarge North from near the summit of South Twin

Possible old trail between the Twins
Possible old trail between the Twins

South Baldface as seen from North Twin - Click to enlarge
South Baldface as seen from North Twin

Bushwhacking to Mt. Shaw
Bushwhacking to Mt. Shaw

Looking at Province Pond and Pleasant Mountain from the burnt knoll of Mt. Shaw - Click to enlarge
Looking at Province Pond and Pleasant Mountain from the burnt knoll of Mt. Shaw

Province Pond at the end of the day
Province Pond at the end of the day

Directions to trailhead: To reach the Weeks Brook Trail, continue east on Hurricane Mountain Road to its end in Chatham, then take a left onto Green Hill Road. Shortly thereafter, take a left onto FR 317. The Weeks Brook Trail trailhead and parking area is located at the gate shortly down this road.

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