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Bean Hill
Northfield, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Ascending a snowmobile trail
Ascending a snowmobile trail

Route: Moose Tracks, snowmobile trail, bushwhack, (Bean Hill)

The bottom of the former ski area (ie the mountain bike park) is posted, as is a backdoor approach from the adjacent condo complex, and a logging landing east of there. So, the seemingly obvious points of access were out.

A small network of trails recently opened just before the entrance of the ski area. We took the Moose Tracks trail to the snowmobile trail, the took that up to the height of land. While there were occasional bare spots, there was generally enough coverage to allow snowshoeing.

At the height of land, we bushwhacked up to Bean Hill in generally open woods, avoiding the subpeak with the mountain bike facility. Snowpack was generally 6-10" with some bare spots on southern facing areas. The summit ledge had decent views with the leaves down (Belknaps, Prospect), but would have narrow views with foliage. By the looks of it, this may have been a more popular peak once upon a time (memorial plaque from the 1950s, some old view enhancing cuts). It also appears there could be an informal trail heading off the northeast side of the peak, but I don't know where this would come out.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Bean Hill
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Parking Elevation: 840'
Destination: Bean Hill
Time Elapsed: 01:10
Trailhead Elevation: 840'
Summit Elevation: 1,510'
Vertical Gain: 870'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:59
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,070'

The start of the Moose Tracks trail off Ski Hill Drive
The start of the Moose Tracks trail off Ski Hill Drive

Looking at east at Prospect Mountain from Bean Hill - Click to enlarge
Looking at east at Prospect Mountain from Bean Hill

Topographic map of Bean Hill

Directions to trailhead: From I-93 northbound, take exit 19, then bear right onto Route 132 south. Take a left onto Bean Hill Road. Ski Hill Road (Highland Mountain access road) will eventually be on the right. The Moose Tracks trail is on the right prior to reaching the mountain bike parking lot.

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