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Mt. Martha
Carroll, NH

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

Route: Cherry Mountain Trail, Mt. Martha Spur Trail, (Mt. Martha), Mt. Martha Spur Trail, Cherry Mountain Trail

After working some long days, I had some time off coming to me, so I decided to enjoy the nice weather by hiking Mt. Martha.

On my way up Route 16 and the first part of 302, it was a beautiful, sunny day, with temperatures in the upper 20s. As soon as I reached the Crawford Notch area, the temperature dropped into the teens and the sky was clouded over. Mistake.

Hoping that perhaps the weather would pass through, I continued with my plan and was soon on the Cherry Mountain Trail. The first part of the trail was fairly gradual and straight - I was a bit tired and hadn't had enough for breakfast, so I was dragging. After awhile, the trail steepened up a bit, and it started snowing. By the time I reached the height of land, the surface had gone from a quarter of an inch of snow to an inch.

Arriving at the summit, I was surprised to see fire tower footings - for some reason, I didn't remember or know that there was a tower here. Unfortunately, due to the snow, there wasn't much to see from any of the viewpoints. As a result, I decided to pass on going to the Owl's Head viewpoint and instead called it a day.

Like an idiot (or, should I say, as an idiot...), I decided to continue just wearing a shirt (adding a hat and gloves) for the descent, since I'm trying to get re-acclimated to winter temperatures. By the time I was back in the parking lot, I realized that I was actually quite cold - it was a struggle turning the key to start my vehicle. I guess I'm getting old.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Martha
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Moderate (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Hike Commenced: 8:24 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,660'
Destination: Mt. Martha
Ascent Commenced: 8:24 AM
Summit Reached: 9:25 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:01
Trailhead Elevation: 1,660'
Summit Elevation: 3,573'
Distance: 1.9 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,933'
Hike Ended: 10:30 AM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:06
Hike Distance: 3.8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,953'

The Cherry Mountain Trail trailhead
The Cherry Mountain Trail trailhead

Looking toward Mt. Deception from near the summit of Mt. Martha - Click to enlarge
Looking toward Mt. Deception from near the summit of Mt. Martha

Topographic map of Mt. Martha - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 west to Route 3 North, then take a right onto Route 115. The Cherry Mountain Trail trailhead and parking area will be on the right, immediately after passing Lennon Road on the left.

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