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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up Old Mountain Road
Route: Old Mountain Road, Crawford-Ridgepole Trail, (Mt. Livermore), Crawford-Ridgepole Trail, Prescott Trail, Old Highway
With an early wake up and long hike planned for the following day, I decided to stay fairly local and do something tame. Starting on Old Mountain Road, I walked up the generally gradual dirt road "trail" up to the Crawford Ridgepole. Straight and fairly eroded (though there was generally a good single file footbed), it wasn't particularly memorable.
The short section of the Crawford Ridgepole Trail felt more trail-like as it climbed moderately up to the open summit of Mt. Livermore. While the area had been cleared a few years ago, it is starting to grow in a bit again. Nonetheless, the views were very strong, ranging from Mt. Chocorua all the way to the southern Newfound Lake region.
After heading down the gentle and numerous switchbacks of the Crawford Ridgepole Trail, I continued onto the Prescott Trail. After gradually climbing up a bit, the trail descended down to an old road, then to the junciton of the Old Highway.
From there, it was another dirt road walk back to the Old Mountain Road junction.
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The Old Mountain Road trailhead off Old Highway
The Rattlesnakes, Squam Lake, and Red Hill as seen from Mt. Livermore
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113 northeast from Route 25 in Holderness. A few minutes later, take a left onto Burliegh Farm Road. In summer 2010, one could take a left at the top of this road onto Old Highway, then proceed up to the Old Mountain Road junction, where there was limited room to park alongside the road without blocking any of the roads or field entrances.
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