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Black Mountain (Middle Peak)
Jackson, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The East Pasture XC Ski Trail
The East Pasture XC Ski Trail

Route: East Pasture XC Ski Trail

Deciding to check out some new-to-me terrain, I headed up to Jackson to try a different approach to Black Mountain.

The East Pasture Trail was surprisingly pleasant - basically a nice grassy road walk almost all of the way. Other than a short muddy stretch after the Great Brook crossing, the trail was dry. Grades were pleasant almost all of the way up, with the steepest part being the short uphill just before the the summit - I couldn't help but jog some of it. All brook crossings of any size were crossed on wooden bridges.

The views from the Middle Peak of Black Mountain were a let down - having previously visited in winter, I was disappointed with the subpar views. Though Mount Washington and Carter Notch could be seen through narrow openings in trees, there really wasn't much to see. Perhaps the best viewpoint of the entire day was at the 1 KM marker of the East Pasture Trail, looking across a meadow at the Doubleheads.

Nonetheless, it was a nice walk, probably just under 5 miles roundtrip.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Black Mountain (Middle Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Easy
Navigation: Easy
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:31 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,580'
Destination: Black Mountain (Middle Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 4:32 PM
Summit Reached: 5:20 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:48
Trailhead Elevation: 1,585'
Summit Elevation: 2,757'
Vertical Gain: 1,212'
Hike Ended: 6:10 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:39
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,252'

The East Pasture XC Ski Trail trailhead
The East Pasture XC Ski Trail trailhead

Looking at Carter Notch from the middle peak of Black Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Carter Notch from the middle peak of Black Mountain

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North to Jackson, then take a right onto 16A. Once downtown, take a left onto 16B, eventually passing the Black Mountain Ski Area. Shortly thereafter, bear left to continue on Black Mountain Road (where Dundee Road goes right). There is a large dirt parking area on the right at the end of the pavement (just before Windy Hill Road). The East Pasture XC Ski Trail starts as a roadwalk straight ahead.

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