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Carr Mountain
Ellsworth, NH, Rumney, NH, Wentworth, NH, Warren, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Carr Mountain Trail
Looking down the Carr Mountain Trail

Route: Three Ponds Trail, Carr Mountain Trail, spur trail (Carr Mountain), spur trail, Carr Mountain Trail, Three Ponds

Carr Mountain had been on my to do list for quite some time. Since I had a weekend day in which I would be having a late start, I finally decided to head over to Carr.

After parking at a half full (half empty?) Three Ponds parking lot, I quickly set foot up the somewhat muddy Three Ponds Trail. While there was a sign for the Carr Mountain Trail a few minutes later, the trail was so vague that it took me an extra blink of the eye to spot it.

The water crossing was slightly tricky, as some rocks were under an inch of water, but doable nonetheless. After that, the trail was gradual to moderate in pitch, and somewhat vague in the open, leafless hardwood forest.

After awhile, there were some evergreen trees and soon, snow and ice. The trail became quite gentle for awhile, before making one last ascent to the ridge. After that, the trail was quite wet - a combination of pooled water and ice. Just past that, the spur trail to the summit was on the left.

The views from the ledgy knobs were decent, though a bit anti-climatic with the treegrowth. Nonetheless, a white Mount Washington was quite stunning in the distance.

Since I made better time than I had planned, I decided to make a fast descent and go for a sunset hike.

All things considered, it was a decent hike. Unfortunately, Carr Mountain seems a bit like another nearby former firetower peak - in need of some clearing.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Carr Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, November 2, 2008
Hike Commenced: 12:04 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,450'
Destination: Carr Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 12:04 PM
Summit Reached: 1:32 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:28
Trailhead Elevation: 1,450'
Summit Elevation: 3,453'
Distance: 3.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,303'
Hike Ended: 2:55 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:51
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,463'

The Three Ponds Trail trailhead
The Three Ponds Trail trailhead

Looking at the Franconia Ridge and Mount Washington from the Carr Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Franconia Ridge and Mount Washington from the Carr Mountain summit

Topographic map of Carr Mountain - Click to enlarge

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