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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 up the Kearsarge North Trail near the summit

Route: Kearsarge North Trail

With a good weather forecast, I decided to head up to one of the best good-weather mountains - Kearsarge North.

While I wasn't the only one in the parking lot, I would soon pass three hikers heading downhill - thus, I had the rest of the ascent to myself.

Much of the trail was bare and dry. Down low the leaves and flowers were taking over. Up high, just after the trail reached around the back side of the mountain, there were patches of snow, 1-20" deep.

Once the trail wrapped back around to the front side of the mountain, it was summer again. Arriving at the tower, the views were tremendous - from the Ossipees to Pleasant Mountain to a still-partially-white Mt. Washington.

After sitting in the tower for a few minutes, I decided to call it a day. Another awesome day for views on Kearsarge North.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Hike Commenced: 3:47 PM
Parking Elevation: 685'
Destination: Kearsarge North Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 3:47 PM
Summit Reached: 5:14 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:27
Trailhead Elevation: 685'
Summit Elevation: 3,268'
Distance: 3.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,618'
Hike Ended: 6:55 PM
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 Pleasant Mountain 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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