NE 4,000 Footers
NE 100 Highest
NH 4,000 Footers
NH 100 Highest
NH 52 With A View
NH Belknap Range
NH Ossipee 10
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Mine Loop Trail
Route: Conant Trail, Mine Loop Trail, (Lord Hill), Conant Trail
It seemed to be one of those days with frequent inconveniences - slow traffic leading to the trailhead, a failed attempt at finding a shortcut around the traffic, difficulty in figuring out exactly where the trailhead was, etc.
Nonetheless, I was able to figure out that the trailhead was at a fourway intersection immediately off Deer Hill Road. From there, I took the roadwalk portion of the Conant Trail to the split, where I turned right. A few minutes up this section of the road/trail, I reached a section that was completely submerged from an adjacent beaver dam. I poked around the woods east of it a bit, hoping to find a herd path or suitable bushwhack, however the woods were also fairly submerged.
Jogging back to the split, I headed up the other side of the trail, turning off onto the Mine Loop. After climbing up a short, steep knoll, the trail gradually descended, prior to taking a sharp left turn onto a logging road, followed a few minutes thereafter by a sharp right turn, soon reaching the abandoned mine. The highpoint of Lord Hill seemed to be just off the trail, near the mine.
Upon rejoining the Conant Trail, I reached a nice ledge view looking at Horseshoe Pond, Adams Mountain, and the eastern peaks of the White Mountains. Streaked Mountain was also visible in the distance.
The trail descended fairly sharply at first, then flattened out. Hearing some loud steps to my right, I first thought I saw a moose. Upon closer examination (lots of leaves in the way), I determined that it was actually a bear fleeing up Harndon Hill. Sure enough, further down the trail, I could see where the bear had been scratching away leaves.
Near the end of the trail, I paused at the marsh/pond and observed a beaver, who didn't seem to take kindly to my presence. Nonetheless, it was a neat show to watch.
Getting To Trailhead:
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The Conant Trail trailhead, just off Deer Hill Road
Fringed Polygala along the Mine Loop Trail
Looking over Horseshoe Lake toward the eastern White Mountains from near the summit of Lord Hill
A beaver making a splash near the beginning of the Conant Trail
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113 North from Fryeburg. Prior to reaching the AMC camp, take a right onto Deer Hill Road. Continue straight pass Summit Achievement, through the winter closure gate. Almost immediately after passing the Deer Hill Trail (on the left), take a right onto a side road. The road almost immediately reaches a four way junction (Old Deer Hill Road). There is limited room for parking at this junction. The Conant Trail starts at the left as a road walk.
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