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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Cabin Trail
Route: Cabin Trail, Big Rock Cave Trail, (Mt. Mexico), Big Rock Cave Trail, Cabin Trail
The intent was to summit Mt. Paugus.
Since I knew the mosquitoes were beyond rediculous at Paugus Mill from a previous hike, I decided to perhaps bypass them by ascending via Route 113A. Arriving at the makeshift parking area, I quickly set foot up the road walk portion of the Cabin Trail. Sure enough, there were a bunch of mosquitoes to greet me. Even after dousing myself in DEET, head to toe, I still had quite a following. If I stopped for a moment, I could hear hoards of them buzzing around in the woods.
Even as I headed up the Big Rock Cave Trail, I had a bunch following me. Since my idea of a weekend day isn't listening to mosquitoes, I started to contemplate turning around. Once I reached the viewless height of land known as Mt. Mexico, I had had enough. While the highpoint looks to be a bit off the trail, I didn't really care.
Ironically, for the first portion of the descent, the mosquitoes suddenly became light. This didn't last, though, as they were attacking me from all directions as I reached the flats down low. Disgusting.
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The Cabin Trail trailhead on Route 113A
A large patch of ladyslippers along the Cabin Trail
No views from near the top of Mt. Mexico
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113A West from Tamworth. Just prior to arriving in Wonalancet village, the Cabin Trail follows a dirt road on the right. There is some room for parking on the left side of Route 113A West.
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