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Province Mountain
Wakefield, NH, Newfield, ME

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

Route: Wilkinson Road, unknown trail, (Province Mountain), unknown trail, Wilkinson Road

My third hike of the day was Province Mountain. As I drove to it, I considered skipping it and coming back another day, as clouds were darkening things. Without and rain or thunder in sight, I decided to check it out.

After heading past a bunch of cottages on Butter Field Road, I was soon at the gate, where I pulled over and parked on the side of the road. From there, it was a few minutes of roadwalking, soon arriving at the trailhead (a cairn up on the embankment on the second curve).

The trail started off fairly gradually, soon passing a granite marker signifying the Maine-New Hampshire border. While I had a deer fly bugging me, it wasn't much of a problem on much of the trail, as the low canopy likely deterred it. Not much longer after, I was passing through a somewhat recent logging cut, and then ascending to the summit of Province Mountain.

Despite the clouds, the views were excellent - Province Lake and Green Mountain straight ahead and the Sandwich Range and Ossipees not too much further. There was another viewpoint on a back ledge, looking toward points to the south and southwest. In addition, there were good blueberries on this back ledge (the ones up above were a bit tart).

All in all, not a bad little hike. I'd like to check this out on a nicer day and see what the views are like with better visibility.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, July 13, 2008
Hike Commenced: 1:52 PM
Parking Elevation: 590'
Destination: Province Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 1:56 PM
Summit Reached: 2:10 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:14
Trailhead Elevation: 700'
Summit Elevation: 1,176'
Vertical Gain: 486'
Hike Ended: 2:32 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:40
Hike Vertical Gain: 606'


The cairn marking the trailhead for Province Mountain
The cairn marking the trailhead for Province Mountain

The granite Maine-New Hampshire boundary marker
The granite Maine-New Hampshire boundary marker

Looking across Province Lake at Green Mountain from the Province Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking across Province Lake at Green Mountain from the Province Mountain summit

Topographic map of Province Mountain


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 153 North from Wakefield to Province Lake. Shortly after seeing the lake, Butterfield Road will be on the right. Head up this road (it will become Wilkinson Road), past the cottages, up to a gate. Park here (not blocking the gate), and continue up the road, around a curve, then while rounding a second curve, the trailhead is marked with a cairn on the right.

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