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Fisher Mountain
Thornton, NH, Waterville Valley, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Heading up the ledges to Fisher Mountain
Heading up the ledges to Fisher Mountain

Route: Forest Road 23, Forest Road 23C, Forest Road 23D, unnamed trail, (Fisher Mountain), unnamed trail, Forest Road 23D, Forest Road 23C, Forest Road 23

After looking the ledges on Fisher Mountain from Dickey Mountain a few days earlier, I decided to try to find a herd path of sorts to this peak. After parking near the FR 23 gate near the end of Mill Brook Road, I headed along a series of strawberry-covered forest roads.

At the end of Forest Road 23D, I headed onto an old wooded logging road, crossing a small brook almost immediately after entering the woods.

A herd path continued as the logging road disappeared. After about 15 minutes, the path reached the first of many ledges. From here, it was a series of open ledges and occasional scrambles as the path worked its way to the summit.

While there were some views from near the highpoint, I found much better vistas within a minute or two of light bushwhacking. The views up to the back of Mt. Tecumseh were particularly interesting.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Difficult
Destination: Fisher Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,300'
Time To Trailhead: 00:16
Destination: Fisher Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:35
Trailhead Elevation: 1,480'
Summit Elevation: 2,609'
Vertical Gain: 1,189'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:07
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,509'


The beginning of the trail to Fisher Mountain at the end of FR 23D
The beginning of the trail to Fisher Mountain at the end of FR 23D

Looking at Mt. Tecumseh from near the summit of Fisher Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Tecumseh from near the summit of Fisher Mountain

Topographic map of Fisher Mountain


Directions to trailhead: From Route 175 in Thornton, take Mill Brook Road. Near the end of the road, the gated Forest Road 23 will be on the left. There is some room to park prior to the gate without obstructing access. On foot, take Forest Road 23, then bear right onto Forest Road 23C. Prior to reaching Shattuck Brook, take a left onto Forest Road 23D. An obscure logging road departs at the end of the short Forest Road 23D.

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