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The Nubble
Bethlehem, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Heading up the logging road on the way to the Nubble
Heading up the logging road on the way to the Nubble

Route: Logging roads, herd path

Starting at the gate at the end of Gale River Road East, I followed a grassy logging road, continuing as it worked its way along side a clearcut. Logging road was mostly dry with a few minor patches of mud. Grass is kind of tall, but there is a worn path. Where the road wanted to turn left, I beared right onto an older road, then another right shortly there after to another older road, then followed a series of herd paths. Herd path is overgrown by hobblebush in a few places. I crossed the brook too soon (hadn't been here since Irene, so was just following the fresh tracks, which ended up being moose tracks), so I ended up bushwhacking a little bit until I rejoined the path just south of the Nubble. The section I had missed had some slippery rocks alongside the brook.

The actual scrambles up the Nubble were dry. Some blueberries up top, but not many (and very few now, as I needed something to do whilst waiting for the sunset).

Spectacular views from the summit. Similar feel to the nearby Sugarloaves, but without the crowds.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Difficult
Destination: The Nubble
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,920'
Destination: The Nubble
Time Elapsed: 00:32
Trailhead Elevation: 1,920'
Summit Elevation: 2,713'
Distance: 1.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 853'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:41
Hike Vertical Gain: 913'


The gate at the end of Gale River Road East
The gate at the end of Gale River Road East

Looking toward the Presidentials as the Nubble cast its shadow - Click to enlarge
Looking toward the Presidentials as the Nubble cast its shadow

The sunset as seen from the Nubble - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from the Nubble

Topographic map of The Nubble


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 3 South from US 302. Take a left for the Gale River camping/hiking area. Shortly after, bear left at the fork in the road. Continue down up road, continuing straight at the right turn for Gale River Trail. At the end of the road there will be a gate with a small parking area on the left.

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