NE 4,000 Footers
NE 100 Highest
NH 4,000 Footers
NH 100 Highest
NH 52 With A View
NH Belknap Range
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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the access road
Route: Unknown road, bushwack, (Ossipee Hill), bushwack, unknown road
While I had planned to take advantage of the 'Mostly Sunny' forecast, I saw rain and clouds approaching on the radar. The forecasts have been rather poor lately!
I decided to avoid the incoming weather system by going southeast. Since it was last minute, I decided to go to Ossipee Hill, since I had researched it in the past.
McLucas Road wasn't too too bad - recent work had been done to cover up some washed out sections. Finally arriving at the bottom of the unnamed access road, I noted a cloud of black flies surrounding my truck. A sure sign of spring!
The first part of the access road is the steepest - a straight, moderate grade. From there, the road flattens out and soon arrives at a gate (decorated with swastikas).
After passing around the gate, the road picks up again, before arriving in a small col between the true summit and the peak dressed up with towers. The bushwack to the true summit is pretty easy - short and open. The true summit sports a view of the towers and some glipses through the trees of the surrounding area.
From there, I bushwacked back to the access road and headed up to the towers. While the fire tower looked like it might provide some views, there was a big No Trespassing sign on it, saying entry was not allowed. I was unclear whether this meant no entry into the locked cab or not entry onto the stairs, so I erred on the side of caution and stayed away from it. Other than some glipses of Little Ossipee Lake through the trees, there's no view from this peak.
Back on the access road, I walked over to some ledges (on the opposite side of the road from the true summit). From here, there was one limited view of Little Ossipee Lake. Not a bad view, but nothing special.
It was nice to get out and hike under some blueish skies, however I doubt I'll do this peak again unless I'm in the area. Perhaps some trail construction and view clearing could make it a really nice hike.
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The access road from McLucas Road
Looking northeast at Little Ossipee Pond from near the summit of Ossipee Hill
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 5 South to Waterboro. Prior to reaching the US 202 junction, take a right onto Ossipee Hill Road, and then an immediate right onto McLucas Road. The access road is about 1.7 miles up this road, on the left (McLucas Road will suddenly become less travelled after that junction). There is a tiny parking a few feet up the access road, on the right.
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