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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down Mary's Mountain Trail
Route: Mary's Mountain Trail
While my original intent was to hike Stacy Mountain, I couldn't seem to locate a trailhead. Since I only had limited time until I had to head south for the day, I decided to check out Mary's Mountain.
Arriving at the Danforth Bay Campground, I wasn't quite sure where the trailhead was. There has apparently been a lot of work done at the campground in recent years, so the topographic and aerial imagery doesn't accurately show the roads or parking lots. I was just about ready to leave when I spotted the trailhead sign above the RV/day use parking lot. Since the bugs were out, I wasted no time in getting moving.
The trail is fairly gradual until it crosses a snowmobile trail about halfway up. Shortly after this, the woods open up and reveal a quasi meadow and some moderately steep ledges. The high point is bit past the first ledge, on a second ledge/small cliff.
The views were good - looking east at Foss Mountain, south at Green Mountain, and southwest at Ossipee Lake. While I wanted to enjoy the sights and good weather, the black flies drove me away. Other than stopping a few times near the top to look at a flower I had never seen before (which I later identified to be a wild columbine), I headed straight down.
Not a bad little peak - good to know I have another short, easy hike nearby.
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The Mary's Mountain Trail trailhead
A wild columbine flower on the side of Mary's Mountain Trail
Looking at the southern portion of Ossipee Lake from the summit of Mary's Mountain
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from West Ossipee to Route 41 East. Take a right on Ossipee Lake Road. Head down this for a few minutes, then take a left onto Shawtown Road (Danforth Bay Campground sign). Go straight on this road, then take a left and park in the RV/day parking lot. The Mary's Mountain Trail trailhead is located just above the northwest corner of the parking lot.
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