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Mt. Kearsarge
Sutton, NH, Wilmot, NH, Warner, NH

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

Route: Link Trail, Lincoln Trail, (Mt. Kearsarge), Rollins Trail, Lincoln Trail, Link Trail

While I was planning on hiking the Tripyramids, and was actually getting ready in the Livermore parking lot, I didn't want to deal with high winds and driving snow/sleet. Thus, I drove south and found myself at Kearsarge.

Starting at the Link Trail, it soon joined the Lincoln Trail - essentially a logging road. Fairly dull, it eventually consolidated into more of a fourwheeler trail. Reaching a subpeak, I followed some snowmobile signs to a possible ledge, but found no views. There were some views, however, immediately past this highpoint on the trail, courtesy a logging cut.

Beyond that logging cut, the trail became an actual trail, climbing up to the shoulder of Black Mountain, then gradually ascending to the col of Mt. Kearsarge.

Reaching the auto road area, I continued on the Lincoln Trail - now steep and rocky/ledgy. Reaching the open summit ridge, I was bombarded by high winds and the occasional snow flake - fortunately I had my winter clothes handy. Though cloudy, the views were fairly strong, with the ski trails in the Green Mountains easily seen. The White Mountains, on the other hand, were engulfed in clouds.

For the return trip, I took the more gentle Rollins Trail back to the col, then rejoined the Lincoln Trail for a somewhat bland walk back.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, May 9, 2010
Hike Commenced: 11:18 AM
Parking Elevation: 535'
Destination: Mt. Kearsarge
Ascent Commenced: 11:18 AM
Summit Reached: 1:36 PM
Time Elapsed: 02:18
Trailhead Elevation: 850'
Summit Elevation: 2,937'
Distance: 4.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,262
Hike Ended: 3:48 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:30
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,447'

The Link Trail trailhead off Kearsarge Valley Road
The Link Trail trailhead off Kearsarge Valley Road

Looking up the Lincoln Trail
Looking up the Lincoln Trail

Looking at Mt. Ascutney from near the summit of Mt. Kearsarge - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Ascutney from near the summit of Mt. Kearsarge

Topographic map of Mt. Kearsarge - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: From Route 11, take Keasarge Valley Road south past the state park entrance. Shortly after passing the Country Club of New Hampshire, the small dirt parking lot and Link Trail trailhead will be on the left.

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