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Mt. Kearsarge
Warner, NH, Wilmot, NH

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

Route: Auto road, Winslow Trail, (Mt. Kearsarge), Winslow Trail, powerline cut, auto road

With a nice afternoon on tap, I headed south to try Kearsarge in winter for the first time.

While I'm no fan of roadwalks, the mile or so gradual walk up the snowmobile-packed auto road wasn't too bad in the mild temperatures. Reaching the summer trailhead, I originally intended to hike the Barlow Trail. About a minute into breaking out an icy crust, I decided to turn around and go up the more direct Winslow Trail instead.

The trail was fairly smooth sailing on snowshoes with granular conditions. Nearing treeline, I stopped to layer up for an extended summit stay, as I was running a bit ahead of schedule. While the views from the summit to the south were cloudy, there was superb visibility into Vermont (including Jay Peak) and up to the Whites (including Mt. Washington in the clear).

With the summit ledges coated in textured blue ice, the sunset was quite nice. The descent after went smoothly, as I reached the auto road prior to the real dark setting in, allowing for a simple walk back without a headlamp.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,400'
Time to Trailhead: 00:23
Destination: Mt. Kearsarge
Time Elapsed: 00:44
Trailhead Elevation: 1,850'
Summit Elevation: 2,937'
Distance: 1.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,095'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:23
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,555'

Winslow Trail trailhead
Winslow Trail trailhead

Looking toward the White Mountains from Mt. Kearsarge - Click to enlarge
Looking toward the White Mountains from Mt. Kearsarge

The sunset as seen from Mt. Kearsarge - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from Mt. Kearsarge

Topographic map of Mt. Kearsarge

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 11 West from US 4 to Wilmot Flat, then take a left onto Old Winslow Road. At the end of this road, take a left onto Kearsarge Mountain Road. In winter, there is room for a few vehicles to park near the gate of the auto road at the height of land (Twist Hill Road continues downhill). The Winslow Trail trailhead is at the top of the gated auto road.

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