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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 trail to Bayle Mountain
Route: Unknown snowmobile trail, red blazed trail, (Bayle Mountain), red blazed trail, unknown snowmobile trail
After watching the local radar and satellite for awhile, I saw a break in the rain/thunderstorms. Since it looked like the clouds were moving to the southeast, I decided to head down to Bayle Mountain for a brief evening hike.
Arriving at the quasi-parking area, I was happy to discover the mosquitoes weren't too bad. Walking quickly through the wet grass on the snowmobile trail, I was soon at the trailhead. While the lower portion of the trail wasn't much of a problem, the middle part was a bit of a challenge, as the extended rock slabs/ledges were wet and thus slippery. Nonetheless, I was able to make my way up to the summit in a reasonable amount of time.
The views from the summit, though cloudy (unfortunately, the clouds had stalled a bit and were actually starting to increase in size), were still excellent. I was particularly surprised to find a few ripe wild low bush blueberries - though a bit tart, they were still an unexpected early season treat.
After signing the log book (only two others had signed since my last visit a month earlier), I hung out on the summit for about twenty minutes, finally deciding to leave when I suspected there was some lightning to the north.
While the slaps were a bit tricky to descend, I nonetheless survived to write my tale. I was fortunate enough to make it out and back before any rain fell - there were some quasi-sun-showers on the ride back on Route 25.
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The trailhead to the trail to the Bayle Mountain summit
Wild low bush blueberries!
Looking southeast at Green Mountain from the Bayle Mountain summit
Directions to trailhead: From Route 16 South in West Ossipee, take a right onto Pine Hill Road. At the end of Pine Hill Road, take a right onto Ossipee Mountain Road. 2015 update: There is now a parking area off Marble Road, past Connor Pond.
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