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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 Weetamoo Trail
Route: Piper Trail, Weetamoo Trail, Hammond Trail, bushwhack, (Bald Mountain), bushwhack, Hammond Trail, Weetamoo Trail, Piper Trail
Though the forecast was looking good a day or two in advance, the updated morning forecast was mediocre at best - instead of mostly sunny, mostly cloud with a chance of rain. As I drove to the Piper Trail trailhead, it rained briefly - arg.
Starting on the Piper Trail, the sky seemed to be clearing a bit. After the gentle walk to the Weetamoo Trail junction, the grades stayed tame as the trail approached the water crossing. While the crossing was rock hoppable (though a bit tricky in new boots), it could be tough in high water situations.
After awhile, I thought I saw what was Weetamoo Rock on my left. I soon realized I was mistaken, as I passed a very large rock on my right - quite a sight to see, though some clearing might enhance things a bit more.
Reaching the Hammond Trail junction, I was pleased to observe that the Weetamoo Trail had never been steep or suffered from bad footing - not a bad trail.
After a short walk downhill on the Hammond Trail, I reached the height of land of Bald Mountain and bushwhacked my way to the summit. From there, I pushed over to the view ledges, where the scenery was phenomenal. Doing a bit more exploring, I dropped down maybe a dozen vertical feet and found even more impressive views. All told, I could see, from multiple ledges, Chocorua to the Ossipees and everything in between (clockwise, west to south). How this area does not have a trail to it, I do not know.
The return trip was non-eventful, other than the typical discomfort from breaking in a new pair of boots.
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The Piper Trail trailhead
The lower half of Weetamoo Rock
Looking at Mt. Chocorua, the Three Sisters, and Carter Ledge from the Bald Mountain ledges
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from Tamworth. The Piper Trail WMNF sign is on the left, immediately after a general store. The WMNF fee parking area is about a minute or off Route 16. The Piper Trail trailhead is at the back corner of the parking lot.
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