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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Mt. Mexico
Tamworth, NH

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

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Mexico
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, June 8, 2008
Hike Commenced: 7:17 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,060'
Destination: Mt. Mexico
Ascent Commenced: 7:17 AM
Summit Reached: 7:44 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:27
Trailhead Elevation: 1,060'
Summit Elevation: 2,010'
Vertical Gain: 960'
Hike Ended: 8:12 AM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:55
Hike Vertical Gain: 970'

The Cabin Trail trailhead on Route 113A
The Cabin Trail trailhead on Route 113A

A large patch of ladyslippers along the Cabin Trail
A large patch of ladyslippers along the Cabin Trail

No views from near the top of Mt. Mexico - Click to enlarge
No views from near the top of Mt. Mexico

Topographic map of Mt. Mexico - Click to enlarge

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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