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Big Ball Mountain
Tuftonboro, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Banana Trail near the summit of Big Ball Mountain
The Banana Trail near the summit of Big Ball Mountain

Route: Mt. Shaw Trail, Tate Mountain Trail, Banana Trail, (Big Ball Mountain), Banana Trail, Tate Mountain Trail, Mt. Shaw Trail

The weather forecast was calling for a chance of the apocalypse, so I decided to do a lower-elevation, local hike.

Jogging the intial portions of the Mt. Shaw and Tate Mountain trails, I switched to walking as I reached wet/slippery ledge areas. After struggling down a slippery scramble, I soon reached the summit, where I was in the fog. The bugs weren't overly bad. The blueberries seemed to be pretty well picked over.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Big Ball Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, July 24, 2010
Hike Commenced: 8:04 AM
Parking Elevation: 670'
Destination: Big Ball Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 8:04 AM
Summit Reached: 8:48 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:44
Trailhead Elevation: 675'
Summit Elevation: 2,060'
Distance: 1.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,455'
Hike Ended: 9:50 AM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:46
Hike Distance: 3.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,530'


The Mt. Shaw Trail trailhead
The Mt. Shaw Trail trailhead

The gorge next to the Mt. Shaw Trail
The gorge next to the Mt. Shaw Trail

Fog as seen from Big Ball Mountain - Click to enlarge
Fog as seen from Big Ball Mountain

Topographic map of Big Ball Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take 171 southeast from Route 25, past Castle in the Clouds. Shortly after crossing the Tuftonboro town line, there is a bridge/brook crossing. Immediately after this, there is an informal parking lot on the left (maybe 4 cars). The unmarked trail starts at the back of this lot.

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