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Trip Log


Green Mountain
Effingham, NH

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

Heading up the High Watch Trail to the Green Mountain summit

Route: High Watch Trail

After skiing Loon on a cold, snowy morning, I decided to bypass my afternoon plans of skiing Wildcat (burrrr) and instead do a short hike.

Despite the mostly cloudy forecast, I arrived at a sunny trailhead. Initially I had planned to snowshoe it, however I discovered the trail was broken out with heavy bareboot traffic, and thus went back to my truck and swapped my shoeshoes for Stablicers.

Though there were moderate winds, there was still an abundance of snow in the trees, making for a really nice hike once I arrived in the evergreen woods. The hike itself gets progressively steep - starting off level, becoming more moderate in the evergreens, and then having a short steeper pitch near the top.

The views of the Whites were obscured due to the snowstorm that had been hanging out since I was there this morning, however pretty much every other direction was clear.

After taking in the scenary for a few minutes, the intense wind drove me back to the ground. Taking advantage of the cushion of the fluffy powder, I jogged half of the way back to the base.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, April 8, 2007
Hike Commenced: 2:33 PM
Parking Elevation: 738'
Destination: Green Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 2:34 PM
Summit Reached: 3:16 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:42
Trailhead Elevation: 735'
Summit Elevation: 1,907'
Distance: 1.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,182'
Hike Ended: 3:55 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:21
Hike Distance: 2.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,205'

High Watch Trail trailhead

Looking northwest from the Green Mountain summit at Mount Chocorua in a snowstorm

Directions to trailhead: Take Green Mountain Road from Route 25 to High Watch Road (there will be a small 'Fire Tower' sign). At the end of this road, there will be a class four road sign. The trailhead is shortly after this on the right.

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