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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Mt. Cranmore Trail
Route: Black Cap Trail, Mt. Cranmore Trail, Easy Street, (Cranmore Mountain), unknown road, Mt. Cranmore Trail, Black Cap Trail
With the intent of hiking Iron Mountain, I changed my plans when I saw rain starting at Kearsarge North Mountain and points north. Thus, I stayed just to the south and headed up Hurricane Mountain Road.
The Black Cap Trail was fairly tame up to the Mt. Cranmore Trail junction. From there, the Mt. Cranmore Trail descended gently, with the exception of a steeper drop near the communications tower. At the tower, the trail markings vanished - one could go forward or left. I went left, then headed down a road, which emptied out onto the ski slopes a bit below the summit.
The views were quite good - the foliage below Black Cap and Peaked was particularly striking. For the return trip, I followed a road off the summit toward another tower, which then lead to the first tower and the trail.
Getting To Trailhead:
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Black Cap Trail trailhead
Looking at Black Cap near the summit of Cranmore Mountain
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from North Conway. Take a right onto Hurricane Mountain Road. Go past the Kearsarge North Trail trailhead, past the gate, and to the top of the mountain. Parking area and trailhead are on the right.
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