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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 Weeks Brook Trail near the top
Looking down the Weeks Brook Trail near the top

Route: Weeks Brook Trail, (Kearsarge North Mountain), Kearsarge North Trail

Time to try a different approach to Kearsarge North. Starting at the gate, the Weeks Brook Trail was essentially a road walk. After eventually turning off a logging road, the trail became more of a traditional woods walk for a bit (though a bit vague due to leaves and a lack of blazes), prior to joining another logging road for a bit. Eventually becoming a trail again, it was a bit vague in places prior to reaching Shingle Pond.

After taking in views from Shingle Pond, we continued around it and further up the trail. After passing by a marsh, the trail soon became steep. As we climbed, there were increasingly better views through the trees and eventually from ledges as we neared the summit.

Reaching the somewhat windy summit, we ducked into the recently repainted fire tower for a break.

The descent on the Kearsarge North Trail started off at a faster pace, as the temperatures seemed to be dropping. By the time we reached the ledges below the col, however, we entered nicer fall weather for the balance of the descent.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, October 31, 2010
Hike Commenced: 8:39 AM
Parking Elevation: 550'
Destination: Kearsarge North Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 8:39 AM
Summit Reached: 11:24 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:45
Trailhead Elevation: 685'
Summit Elevation: 3,268'
Distance: 5.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,778'
Hike Ended: 1:31 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:52
Hike Distance: 8.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,813'


The Weeks Brook Trail trailhead
The Weeks Brook Trail trailhead

Shingle Pond with Kearsarge North in the background
Shingle Pond with Kearsarge North in the background

Looking at a white Carter Notch behind the Doubleheads from the Kearsarge North Mountain fire tower - Click to enlarge
Looking at a white Carter Notch behind the Doubleheads from the Kearsarge North Mountain fire tower

Topographic map of Kearsarge North Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: To get to the Kearsarge North Trail, from 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). To reach the Weeks Brook Trail, continue east on Hurricane Mountain Road to its end in Chatham, then take a left onto Green Hill Road. Shortly thereafter, take a left onto FR 317. The Weeks Brook Trail trailhead and parking area is located at the gate shortly down this road.

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