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Important Notice About the Ossipee Mountains   Important Notice About the Ossipee Mountains and Trail Access (Updated May 10, 2015)

Sentinel Mountain, Canaan Mountain
Ossipee, NH, Tuftonboro, NH

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

Route: Mountain Trail, (Sentinel Mountain), unknown trail, Dave Green Trail, Canaan Mountain Trail, bushwhack, (Canaan Mountain), bushwhack, Canaan Mountain Trail, Dave Green Trail, unknown trail, (Sentinel Mountain), Mountain Trail

Since the forecast up north wasn't that great and I had just done a somewhat lengthy hike a day earlier, I decided to do something in the southern Ossipees.

The Sentinel Mountain Trail was in decent shape - mostly dry, only a few blowdowns. The views from the top were great - Copple Crown and the Belknaps both in plain view. From the top of the boulder, I could also see the points up north.

My next stop was a section called the Merrowvista Ledges. The trail over to them from Sentinel is well marked, but apparently not heavily travelled. The views from the ledges were also great.

I decided to keep going to Canaan Mountain after that - a combination of the white blazed trail, red blazed trail, and a bushwhack.

The views from the summit were great - the Belknaps were on full display.

On the way back, I took some time to do some blowdown clearing on the trails, as the August rains had taken their toll on some rotting trees.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Sentinel Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Canaan Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, August 25, 2008
Hike Commenced: 3:48 PM
Parking Elevation: 885'
Destination: Sentinel Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 3:49 PM
Summit Reached: 4:10 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 890'
Summit Elevation: 1,680'
Vertical Gain: 805'
Destination: Canaan Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:14 PM
Summit Reached: 4:59 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:45
Trailhead Elevation: 1,680'
Summit Elevation: 2,072'
Vertical Gain: 612'
Hike Ended: 7:21 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:33
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,692'


The Mountain Trail trailhead
The Mountain Trail trailhead

Looking at Copple Crown Mountain from the ledges of Sentinel Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Copple Crown Mountain from the ledges of Sentinel Mountain

Looking down the trail between the Merrowvista Ledges and Sentinel Mountain
Looking down the trail between the Merrowvista Ledges and Sentinel Mountain

Looking southwest at the Belknap Range from Canaan Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking southwest at the Belknap Range from Canaan Mountain




Directions to trailhead: From Route 16 South in West Ossipee, take a left onto Old NH 16. After crossing under Route 16, take a right onto Folsom Road. Once in Center Ossipee, take a right onto Moultonville Road. A few minutes later, take a right onto Valley Road. Look for the entrance to Terrace Pines Campground, which will be on the right when Valley Road forks. Shortly down this road, take a right (immediately before a sign for the office). There is limited room for parking in front of the gate - do not block the gate. The Mountain Trail starts a few dozen feet beyond the gate, on the left.

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