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Trip Log


Cotton Mountain
Holderness, NH

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

Route: Cotton Mountain Trail

Since I was in the area with some time to kill, I decided to do a quick hike. While supposedly the Friday snowstorm was supposed to be done and gone, it was still snowing late in the morning. Arriving at the Cotton Mountain Trail trailhead on Route 113, I could see that I would be breaking trail. Though not a terribly tough task, being that there was only about a foot to a foot and a half of powder on the ground from this storm and the one just before it, I nonetheless knew it would be a little bit of a workout.

The first part of the trail, where it gradually winds through an old gravel pit, was easy enough. Above that, I clanked some hidden rocks with my snowshoes a few times, but otherwise it wasn't too bad - except for the stairway portion. While it would have been logical to just take off my snowshoes, I didn't feel like fussing with them, so I stumbled my way up.

The views from the vista near the southeast summit were decent, despite the light snowfall. While the views weren't far stretching per se, parts of Squam Lake were visible nonetheless.

It was fitting to be hiking in a foot of powder on the last day of this wintery fall.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Cotton Mountain
Length: Easy
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, December 20, 2008
Hike Commenced: 11:27 AM
Parking Elevation: 590'
Destination: Cotton Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 11:27 AM
Summit Reached: 11:55 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:28
Trailhead Elevation: 590'
Summit Elevation: 1,200'
Distance: .7 mile
Vertical Gain: 615'
Hike Ended: 12:17 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:50
Hike Distance: 1.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 625'

The Cotton Mountain Trail trailhead off Route 113
The Cotton Mountain Trail trailhead off Route 113

Looking at Squam Lake from the viewpoint near the southeast peak of Cotton Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Squam Lake from the viewpoint near the southeast peak of Cotton Mountain

Topographic map of Cotton Mountain

Directions to trailhead: From Route 25 in Holderness, take Route 113 East past the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. The small roadside parking lot and Cotton Mountain Trail trailhead will be on the left shortly thereafter.

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