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Loon Mountain (North Peak), Scar Ridge
Lincoln, NH, Livermore, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Upper Walking Boss ski trail
Looking up the Upper Walking Boss ski trail

Route: Brookway, Brookway Extension, Lower Walking Boss, Upper Walking Boss, Sunset, herd path, (Loon Mountain - North Peak), herd path, Sunset, Upper Walking Boss, unknown trail, bushwhack, (Scar Ridge), bushwhack, unknown trail, Upper Walking Boss, Lower Walking Boss, Brookway Extension, Brookway

While I wasn't particularly interested in ever hiking Scar Ridge, I had an invitation to do so. Thus, what better way to spend a sunny June morning than getting attacked by black flies and spruce trees?

Arriving at Loon, we stayed to the left-most ski trails, eventually making it to the top of the newer high speed quad on the north peak. While the flowers on the ski trails were nice, the hot sunlight and black flies were less than optimal.

We then took a short side trip to the true summit of the north peak - down the Sunset trail slightly, then dipping into the woods and following a herd path to the summit. The views from the summit rocks/ledges were quite good, looking over the ski trails at the Bonds and Presidentials amongst other peaks.

Back at the top of the ski lift, we had lunch in the shade, prior to walking a few hundred feet down the Upper Walking Boss ski trail, dipping into the woods, and then bushwhacking over to a backcountry ski trail. Following this for awhile, we eventually took a right and started a bushwhack.

While we hit a few open areas, we were generally dealing with somewhat thick spruce and numerous blowdowns. Finally reaching the cannister on the viewless westernmost peak of the ridge, we took another break while reading the entries - apparently there hadn't been any visitors since winter!

The descent too awhile, as we tried without success in finding a better return line. Back on the ski trails, we were ambushed with black flies, which were aggressive despite some wind and rain.

A decent day of hiking, but I doubt there will be much desire on anyone's behalf to return to Scar Ridge anytime soon.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Loon Mountain (North Peak)
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Scar Ridge
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, June 7, 2009
Hike Commenced: 9:39 AM
Parking Elevation: 990'
Destination: Loon Mountain (North Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 9:42 AM
Summit Reached: 11:14 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:32
Trailhead Elevation: 1,000'
Summit Elevation: 3,065'
Vertical Gain: 2,125'
Destination: Scar Ridge
Ascent Commenced: 11:47 AM
Summit Reached: 1:32 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:45
Trailhead Elevation: 3,065'
Summit Elevation: 3,774'
Vertical Gain: 1,074'
Hike Ended: 4:53 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 07:14
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,399'


The bottom of the Brookway ski trail
The bottom of the Brookway ski trail

A flower on the Lower Walking Boss ski trail
A flower on the Lower Walking Boss ski trail

Looking at Mt. Washington from Loon Mountain's North Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from Loon Mountain's North Peak

Bushwhacking to Scar Ridge
Bushwhacking to Scar Ridge

A painted trillium in the woods
A painted trillium in the woods

The lack of view as seen from near the summit of Scar Ridge - Click to enlarge
The lack of view as seen from near the summit of Scar Ridge

Topographic map of Loon Mountain (North Peak), Scar Ridge - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 112 East from Lincoln to Loon Mountain ski area. The Brookway ski trail is to the far left of the main (gondola) base area.

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