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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Heading up toward the Pleasant Mountain summit
Route: Fire Warden's Trail
After skiing the morning at Wildcat (an amazing amount of snow, especially considering its April) on a 70 degree day, I headed down to Pleasant Mountain for an afternoon hike.
I at first drove by the parking lot, as there was a steamshovel parked there - but knew that's where I wanted to be when I saw a gated road up behind it.
Seeing that the road was muddy, I decided not to bring my snowshoes. I started up the road past the gate and was confronted with a fork - a heavily travelled (foot and vehicle) road to the right and a much less travelled road to the left. I went to the right, and hiked about half a mile before hitting a downhill section - and knowing this was not the way I wanted to go. Heavy mud due to recent logging operations.
Upon returning to the fork some time later, I saw an old wooden sign on a tree, informing me that I was blind and had indeed gone the wrong way.
Now on the right trail, I started my ascent, over some seasonal brooks crossing the road, until reaching a second bridge. After this, it was winter on the surface. A few minutes later, it was time for my Stablicers, as the middle of the trail was ice and slush. Soon, the trail was covered in 1-2 feet of snow, with postholes and under-snow rivers. Soaked, I finally made it to the somewhat clear summit.
The cabin of the fire tower, boarded up, was accessible via a ladder (whereas your average NH, MA, or VT firetower has stairs). Not feeling like trying to take a picture from a ladder, I continued to the western ledges. There were great views here of Maine and New Hampshire - ranging from southern New Hampshire to the Whites. There were also views to the east and the northeast at other places on the summit.
After a few minutes, I started my descent on the same trail (signed as the Fire Warden's Trail on the summit - aside from the sign at the base, the only real marking of the trail).
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Fire Warden's Trail trailhead
Looking northwest from the Pleasant Mountain summit at Mt. Washington
Directions to trailhead: From the New Hampshire border, take Route 302 to Wilton-Warren Road (a right). The road will turn to dirt. The trailhead and small parking lot are on the left just after an old wooden bridge.
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