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Black Cap
Conway, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Black Cap Trail
Looking up the Black Cap Trail

Route: Black Cap Trail

With visitors coming up to, well, visit, I took a half day from work and decided to take them on an easy local hike. Black Cap was my choice, due to the rocky summit, the sweeping views of NH and Maine, and the relatively easy pitch and short length.

We started at Hurricane Mountain Road - a full parking lot! I had seen very few people my last time on Black Cap, so the relative hoards of people (it wasn't really that bad, but there were definitely a few dozen people passed during the 2.6 mile walk), was a bit of a change.

The views from the summit were great - the mild temperature and mostly sunny sky allowed for great visibility in all directions.

After pointing out notable mountains and posing for some photos, we called it a day and headed back for a post-hike meal at Wendy's.

A nice day and a nice hike!

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Black Cap
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, May 22, 2007
Hike Commenced: 12:40 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,705'
Destination: Black Cap
Ascent Commenced: 12:41 PM
Summit Reached: 1:06 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:25
Trailhead Elevation: 1,705'
Summit Elevation: 2,369'
Distance: 1.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 679'
Hike Ended: 1:54 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:14
Hike Distance: 2.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 734'

Black Cap Trail trailhead
Black Cap Trail trailhead

Looking west from Black Cap at Mt. Chocorua and South Moat Mountain, amongst many others - Click to enlarge
Looking west from Black Cap at Mt. Chocorua and South Moat Mountain, amongst many others

Topographic map of Black Cap

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from North Conway. Take a right onto Hurricane Mountain Road. Go past the Kearsarge North Trail trailhead, past the gate, and to the top of the mountain. Parking area and trailhead are on the right.

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