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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
With some more time off coming to me, I was thinking about going up north once again. Not wanting to deal with the clouds and cold temperatures, I decided to stay local and hike Bayle Mountain.
Opting for the scenic route, I parked at the western end of the snowmobile trail. With the leaves down, I was surprised how open the beginning of the trail was - instead of being dark and shady, it was basking in the sun.
While the leaves were a bit slippery (as well as a short patch of ice), the trail was nonetheless barebootable.
As usual, the views from the summit were tremendous. Though cold and windy, I, for the first time, why don't I add another comma based phrase into this poorly worded sentence, carried a thermos with some hot chocolate. A nice way to stay warm!
I took my time descending, doing some light bushwacking and finding some additional excellent views. What a neat mountain!
Getting To Trailhead:
||Friday, November 21, 2008|
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The trailhead to the trail to the Bayle Mountain summit
Looking at Kearsarge North 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. Shortly after passing Connor Pond, bear right onto Marble Road. Just before a narrow wooden bridge, the snowmobile trail enters on the right (and then leaves on the left after the bridge), marked slightly off the road with an orange gate. Park here without blocking the roads or trails, and head up the snowmobile trail on the right. The trailhead will be about 10-20 minutes up this snowmobile trail, to the left at a height of land on a curve in the road, marked with a cairn.
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