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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 Avery Hill Trail
Route: Avery Hill Trail
With a mediocre at best forecast, I decided to head south and get another non-snow hike in. Thus, for April Fool's Day, I decided to do a peak that would require more time driving than hiking.
Parking on the side of the turn around area on Frohock Brook Road, I walked for about two minutes up the closed, muddy portion of the road. Looking to my left, I saw the blue blazes marking the Avery Hill Trail.
While the trail started fairly flat, it quickly picked up, climbing steeply over rocky and ledgy terrain. Other than a few patches of snow, it was mostly bare ground. As I climbed, I could see views opening up to my back. Reaching the summit, I walked along the grassy ridge for awhile, checking out the views and abundance of blueberry vines.
While the cloudy skies certainly took away from the vista, the views were nonetheless quite nice - a unique look at the Belknaps, as well as areas to the south.
I may need to check this peak out again on a sunny day once the blueberries are ripe!
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The Avery Hill Trail trailhead
Looking at the Belknaps from near the summit of Avery Hill
Directions to trailhead: From the Route 28A - Route 11 junction in Alton Bay, head west, going straight through the next junction, onto Rand Hill Road. Take a left onto Alton Mountain Road. A few minutes later, bear right to stay on Alton Mountain Road (rather than going left onto Avery Hill Road). Soon thereafter, take a left onto Alton Shores Road, then an almost immediate left onto Frohock Brook Road. There is some room to park at a turn around area at the end of the maintained portion of Frohock Brook Road. From there, walk about two minutes up the unmaintained road. The Avery Hill Trail trailhead will be on the left, marked with blue blazes.
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