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Copple Crown Mountain|
Brookfield, NH, New Durham, NH
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the trail to Copple Crown Mountain
Route: Copple Crown Trail, (Copple Crown Mountain), East Peak spur trail, Copple Crown Trail
Since I wanted to do something tame with a change of scenery, I decided to head south and hike Copple Crown.
Arriving at the trailhead at the end of the bumpy dirt road, I set foot up the old road to the right of the parking lot - considered by some to be part of the Copple Crown Trail. I wasn't able to go as fast I would have wanted, as the footing was a bit gravelly/rocky. Learning from my mistake two years prior, I kept going past a prominent ascending logging road on the left, continuing down the old road until I saw a kiosk on my left.
The trail portion of the trail was pretty tame - most of the steep terrain was aided by switchbacks. Reaching the East Peak junction sign, I continued to the main peak.
While the views were good, the vista wasn't quite as open as I recall it being two years earlier - it seems as if some brush has grown in. Nonetheless, I had good views of the lake, the Sandwich Range, and the Ossipees.
Back at the junction, I took the East Peak trail. Signed as being .3 miles, the vista seemed to me to be about a tenth of a mile (I didn't see any evidence of a trail beyond that). The vista there, facing to the south, was significantly better than the summit vista - ranging from points east in Maine to Mt. Monadnock to the southwest, it was well worth the side trip.
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The trailhead to the old road to the trail to Copple Crown Mountain
Looking at the Sandwich Dome and the Ossipees from the Copple Crown Mountain summit
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 109 West from Route 16, then take a left onto Governors Road. Shortly thereafter, take a right onto Moose Mountain Road. Continue down this - it will turn to dirt - going straight (there will be a Dead End sign - don't go right!). There will be a parking lot at the end of this somewhat rough road, with a Copple Crown sign pointing to the right to the trailhead.
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