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Kearsarge North Mountain
Bartlett, NH, Chatham, NH

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

Heading up the Kearsarge North Trail

Route: Kearsarge North Trail

After a busy start to the weekend and a late arrival back from Massachusetts earlier in the morning, my energy was at a minimum. Not wanting to pass up a nice fall day, I decided to do a somewhat local hike - Kearsarge North Mountain.

Arriving at the parking area in the early afternoon, I was able to get a parking space thanks in part to the early risers already being done for the day.

The first part of the trail is pretty easy going - mostly level with a few short moderate sections as it meanders to the mountainside. Once the brook is visible from the trail, things change, as the trail quickly steepens up.

Once the first set of ledges is reached, things ease up and the views start to improve big time. I'm pretty confident that in this area there is a spur trail to Bartlett Mountain, however I couldn't figure out which herd path it is. Future hike, possibly.

After the passing the col, things steepen up again as the trail ascends the back side of the mountain. It's a bit rockier here and, due to the exposure, wetter.

Soon, I was ascending the summit ledges - what a nice day it was! Quickly climbing the one flight of stairs to the fire tower deck, I could see for dozens of miles in all directions - and there was literally not a cloud to be seen. With upper 60 degree temperatures, I couldn't help but loiter around for awhile. Despite the day, the time of the season, and the peak that it is, the crowds weren't bad at all at the summit - in fact I had the tower to myself.

The descent was pleasant - the sun shining down as I descended down the ledges. Weezer's Blue album provided some entertainment once I made it to the lower woods.

As tired as I was, I'm glad I made it out - definitely a hike to remember.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, October 21, 2007
Hike Commenced: 1:18 PM
Parking Elevation: 685'
Destination: Kearsarge North Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 1:18 PM
Summit Reached: 2:45 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:27
Trailhead Elevation: 685'
Summit Elevation: 3,268'
Distance: 3.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,618'
Hike Ended: 4:59 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:41
Hike Distance: 6.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,653'

Kearsarge North Trail trailhead on Hurricane Mountain Road

Looking northwest at Mt. Washington, the Wildcats, and the Carters from Kearsarge North Mountain

Directions to trailhead: On Route 16 North, take a right after North Conway onto Hurricane Mountain Road. The trailhead and small parking lot will be up the road on the left (before the fork in the road).

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