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Trip Log


Mt. Cube
Orford, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Cross-Rivendell Trail
The Cross-Rivendell Trail

Route: Cross Rivendell Trail

This section of the Cross Rivendell followed some old portions of the Appalachian Trail, adding some switchbacks around some rougher areas. While I did a little jogging at first, I switched over to hiking for the balance of the ascent. There were multiple nice viewpoints along the way. The trail was generally tame, with the exception of a steeper ascent up ledges near the summit.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, May 12, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,380'
Destination: Mt. Cube
Time Elapsed: 00:54
Trailhead Elevation: 1,380'
Summit Elevation: 2,909'
Distance: 2 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,604'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:50
Hike Distance: 4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,679'

The Cross-Rivendell trailhead on Baker Road
The Cross-Rivendell trailhead on Baker Road

Trout lily
Trout lily

Looking south at Smarts Mountain from the southern Mt. Cube ledges - Click to enlarge
Looking south at Smarts Mountain from the southern Mt. Cube ledges

Topographic map of Mt. Cube

Directions to trailhead: From Route 25 in Wentworth, take Route 25A west. Shortly after driving past Mt. Cube, take a left onto Baker Road. The Cross Rivendell Trail will eventually cross the trail, with the Mt. Cube section being further up the road. There is limited room to park next to the trailhead.

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