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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Mt. Bemis
Harts Location, NH, Livermore, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Nancy Pond Trail
Looking up the Nancy Pond Trail

Route: Nancy Pond Trail, Mt. Bemis Trail, bushwhack, (Mt. Bemis), bushwhack, Mt. Bemis Trail, Nancy Pond Trail

The first portion of the Nancy Pond Trail had not seen any recent use. A breakable crust on top of a few inches of snow. Nearing the locals trails, there had been some slightly more recent use. Tracks continued beyond the turnoff from Mt. Bemis, but my guess is the didn't go all the way to Nancy. Up to this point, the trail is now well broken out for snowshoe use and probably has a foot of base.

There had been some use on the abandoned Mt. Bemis Trail a few weeks earlier, but not since the recent storms. Snowpack increased as we climbed, reaching probably 3 feet by the time we cleared the first ridge. Apart from plentiful spruce traps, we weren't sinking in too deeply. A few areas of blowdown before/at/beyond the first height of land made for some creative moves, but otherwise not too bad. Beyond that first height of land, the corridor was vague in some places due to encroaching spruce. Nonetheless, we were able to stay on trail all the way to the fantastic view knoll and beyond.

We did lose the trail climbing up the headwall, as part of it was clogged with spruce (and higher up blowdown). We bushwhacked around this, rejoining the trail for the last gradual walk to remains of the firetower.

From there, we bushwhacked over to the wooded highpoint in scrappy woods.

On the return trip, we ran into another group of three, so the trail should be decently packed out for snowshoe traffic at this point.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Bemis
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, January 11, 2015
Parking Elevation: 940'
Destination: Mt. Bemis
Time Elapsed: 04:09
Trailhead Elevation: 940'
Summit Elevation: 3,725'
Vertical Gain: 2,935'
Hike Time Elapsed: 07:01
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,085'

The Nancy Pond Trail trailhead of US 302
The Nancy Pond Trail trailhead of US 302

Looking at Mt. Washington from the Mt. Bemis knoll - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from the Mt. Bemis knoll

Looking up the abandoned Mt. Bemis Trail above the knoll
Looking up the abandoned Mt. Bemis Trail above the knoll

Directions to trailhead: Take US 302 West from Bartlett. Shortly after passing Sawyer River Road (but prior to passing the Davis Path parking area), the small dirt parking area and trailhead for the Nancy Pond Trail will be on the left.

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