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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

With not too much time available, I decided to do a quick hike up Cotton Mountain.

After jogging through the Novembery foliage down low, I hiked up the leaf covered steeps to the trailed summit of Cotton (the highpoint being on a higher knob west). From the near-summit viewpoint, I had decent views of Squam Lake and Red Hill.

Taking my time on the steep descent, it started to sleet - winter's not far away!


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, November 1, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:20 PM
Parking Elevation: 590'
Destination: Cotton Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:20 PM
Summit Reached: 4:32 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:12
Trailhead Elevation: 590'
Summit Elevation: 1,200'
Distance: .7 mile
Vertical Gain: 615'
Hike Ended: 4:52 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:32
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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