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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.

Looking down the Kearsarge North Trail near the summit

Route: Kearsarge North Trail

With an awesome weather forecast and the desire to ski for half a day, I decided to head up to Kearsarge North Mountain for a morning hike.

The trail appeared to be well packed after the recent minor snowstorm, so I decided to bareboot the hike, putting my snowshoes on my backpack.

The packed powder provided plenty of traction, allowing for a much easier ascent as compared to my last two.

The views from the summit tower were tremendous - with the white Franconia Ridge, Foss Mountain, and Saddleback Mountain all standing out. With the minimal winds and strong spring sun, the inside of the fire tower was nice and toasty.

I was surprised to pass very few people on the descent - I would have expected the trail to be a highway with crowds on such a nice day!

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, March 30, 2008
Hike Commenced: 8:12 AM
Parking Elevation: 685'
Destination: Kearsarge North Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 8:12 AM
Summit Reached: 9:56 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:44
Trailhead Elevation: 685'
Summit Elevation: 3,268'
Distance: 3.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,618'
Hike Ended: 11:20 AM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:08
Hike Distance: 6.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,653'

Kearsarge North Trail trailhead on Hurricane Mountain Road

Looking at Mt. Washington from the Kearsarge North Mountain fire tower

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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