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Mt. Nancy, Duck Pond Mountain
Harts Location, NH, Livermore, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Nancy Cascades
Nancy Cascades

Route: Nancy Pond Trail, herd path, (Mt. Nancy), herd path, Nancy Pond Trail, bushwhack, (Duck Pond Mountain), bushwhack, Nancy Pond Trail

Nancy Pond Trail was generally well packed out up to the reroute, thanks in part to us having been on it three weekends in a row. A dusting to an inch of new snow on top, drifting in places. Figured out why we missed the reroute last weekend - the blaze faces the wrong way and the old corridor is not obstructed with current snowpack. Reroute, though switchbacky and adding a little vertical, is much easier than trying to get around the washout.

We walked across Nancy Pond and Norcross Pond, then hopped onto the herd path, which hadn't been used recently. We were fortunately able to keep it all the way up. Some tips include not going onto the slide (trail stays just east of it, then cuts sharp right onto a switchback), and when approaching a small cliffband, the trail cuts left, then crosses over the top.

Back at Nancy Pond, we held the southwestern shore and used it as an azimuth for a bushwhack to Duck Pond. We ended up with relatively decent woods (stick forest) with a short stretch of spruce just before the highpoint.

Overall, the snowpack is probably 6 inches down low, increasing to a foot near the Nancy Brook crossing, then two to three feet in the vicinity of the ponds, with a breakable frozen granular crust under a trace to a few inches of new powder.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Nancy
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Duck Pond Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Easy
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Parking Elevation: 940'
Destination: Mt. Nancy
Time Elapsed: 03:10
Trailhead Elevation: 940'
Summit Elevation: 3,926'
Vertical Gain: 3,042'
Destination: Duck Pond Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:34
Trailhead Elevation: 3,926'
Summit Elevation: 3,340'
Vertical Gain: 260'
Hike Time Elapsed: 6:48
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,402'


The Nancy Pond Trail trailhead
The Nancy Pond Trail trailhead

The herd path to Mt. Nancy
The herd path to Mt. Nancy

Looking at the Baldfaces from Mt. Nancy - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Baldfaces from Mt. Nancy

The outflow of Norcross Pond near the bottom of the herd path to Mt. Nancy
The outflow of Norcross Pond near the bottom of the herd path to Mt. Nancy

Looking across Nancy Pond at Mt. Nancy on the way to Duck Pond Mountain
Looking across Nancy Pond at Mt. Nancy on the way to Duck Pond Mountain

A lack of views on Duck Pond Mountain - Click to enlarge
A lack of views on Duck Pond Mountain

Directions to trailhead: Take US 302 West from Bartlett. Shortly after passing Sawyer River Road (but prior to passing the Davis Path parking area), the small dirt parking area and trailhead for the Nancy Pond Trail will be on the left.

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