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Castle Mountain (West Peak)
Stratford, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Open woods on the lower shoulder of West Castle
Open woods on the lower shoulder of West Castle

Route: Logging roads, bushwhacks

Started with a short road walk up to the gate at the end of Brown Road, then took a left onto the gravel logging road/snowmobile trail. Shortly after passing a small gravel pit, the road takes a left turn and starts to slab. At this point, I ascended into the woods. Open hardwood initially, followed by mixed, and then some thicker spruce with blowdown not too far below the recognized summit. Ground was frozen and there was a dusting of snow. Decent views south through a blowdown patch adjacent to the highpoint.

I initially retraced my steps on the descent, then picked up an old logging road around 2,700 feet (it continues to climb as it goes southwest), then followed that downhill to an active logging operation. Once in there, things looked to be muddy (but ground was frozen). Probably easier and faster to just do the direct bushwhack at this point.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Castle Mountain (West Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,820'
Destination: Castle Mountain (West Peak)
Time Elapsed: 01:20
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900'
Summit Elevation: 3,590'
Vertical Gain: 1,790'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:53
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,970'

The gate at the far end of Brown Road
The gate at the far end of Brown Road

Looking at the Percy Peaks from West Castle - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Percy Peaks from West Castle

Directions to trailhead: Take US 3 North from North Stratford, then take a right onto Meriden Hill Road. Bear left at a junction (gated road right). Take a right onto Brown Road. Eventually reaching a large field adjacent to some camps, the road takes a sharp left and becomes rough. A fraction of a mile later, the road reaches a gate, where one can walk left onto a gated logging road/snowmobile corridor.

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