FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
Home

States
 Colorado
 Connecticut
 Maine
 Massachusetts
 New Hampshire
 New York
 Rhode Island
 Utah
 Vermont

 View All

Lists
 NE 4,000 Footers
 NE 100 Highest
 NH 4,000 Footers
 NH 100 Highest
 NH 52 With A View
 NH Belknap Range
 NH Ossipee 10

Links
Search

Trail Conditions

Trip Log
 Sunrises
 Sunsets


About


Green Mountain, Hanson Top
Effingham, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Libby Trail, adjacent to the 2008 tornado damage
The Libby Trail, adjacent to the 2008 tornado damage

Route: Libby Trail, (Green Mountain), Libby Trail, spur trail, (Hanson Top), spur trail, Libby Trail

With a cloudy day and some warmer, humid weather, I decided to stay local and check out the previous year's tornado damage on the Libby Trail of Green Mountain.

Essentially a road walk, I found portions of it challenging, due to the dry weather - loose gravel and rocks. The tornado damage, limited to the area alongside the brook, was quite striking - and colorful with the fall foliage.

Avoiding the false early left turn (fourwheeler trail), I stayed on the old Jeep road all the way to the fire warden's cabin.

The views from the fire tower, though hazy, were nonetheless decent - rays of sun breaking through the clouds to the west were particularly striking.

On the way down, I decided to check out the trail to Hanson Top. Though the sign was knocked down, I was able to see roughly where it departed the Libby Trail, in sort of a col. The path was not overly obvious, due to blowdowns and varying types of trail markings. After reaching the summit area, I cotinued along the path to the viewpoint - though hazy, it presented nice views of the Province Lake area and beyond.

Though it is my least favorite trail up Green Mountain, it was still nice to get out and hike the Libby Trail again.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Hike Commenced: 3:33 PM
Parking Elevation: 725'
Destination: Green Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 3:33 PM
Summit Reached: 4:14 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:41
Trailhead Elevation: 725'
Summit Elevation: 1,907'
Distance: 1.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,192'
Destination: Hanson Top
Ascent Commenced: 4:19 PM
Summit Reached: 4:33 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:14
Trailhead Elevation: 1,907'
Summit Elevation: 1,826'
Vertical Gain: 126'
Hike Ended: 5:20 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:47
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,388'


Trailhead on Libby Road
Trailhead on Libby Road

Looking at the Ossipees from the Green Mountain fire tower - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Ossipees from the Green Mountain fire tower

The spur trail to Hanson Top
The spur trail to Hanson Top

Looking at Province Lake from near the summit of Hanson Top - Click to enlarge
Looking at Province Lake from near the summit of Hanson Top

Topographic map of Green Mountain, Hanson Top - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Green Mountain Road from Route 25. Bear left onto Champion Road. Libby Road will be shortly thereafter on the left (dirt road, small firetower sign). The road is a bit rough (Class IV). Trailhead is at the top of the hill on the left.

Back to Green Mountain Profile
Back to Hanson Top Profile




Copyright 2002-2018, All Rights Reserved.
www.FranklinSites.com