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Mt. Parker
Bartlett, NH

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

Route: Mount Langdon Trail, Mt. Parker Trail, (Mt. Parker), Mt. Parker Trail, Mount Langdon Trail

Since the forecast looked to have a short break of sunshine in it, I decided to wait for the opening and head up for a moderate length hike.

Arriving at the small parking area, I quickly set foot up the Mount Langdon Trail. While the lower portion was muddy in places, it was in decent shape after the first brook crossing.

The trail was fairly moderate, with the exception of a short steep section on either side of Oak Ridge. While it was sunny at the trailhead, by the time I reached Mt. Parker, things were looking rather cloudy.

While the views from the summit were tremendous (especially with Iron Mountain and Kearsarge North Mountain towering from the valley), I suspect it would be even better had the peaks to the west and north been visible.

After loitering awhile at the summit, I started to get a chill in my bones, so I headed down, cutting up blowdowns as I descended.

As I reached the trailhead, the sun started to break through again - a welcome sight after days of clouds and rain.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, November 9, 2008
Hike Commenced: 11:22 AM
Parking Elevation: 700'
Destination: Mt. Parker
Ascent Commenced: 11:22 AM
Summit Reached: 1:05 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:43
Trailhead Elevation: 700'
Summit Elevation: 3,004'
Distance: 3.9 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,680'
Hike Ended: 3:05 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:43
Hike Distance: 7.8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,056'

The Mount Langdon Trail trailhead
The Mount Langdon Trail trailhead

Looking at Kearsarge North Mountain from the Mt. Parker summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Kearsarge North Mountain from the Mt. Parker summit

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 west from North Conway. In downtown Barlett, take a right at the blinking light (Bear Notch Road is on the left). After crossing the river, the Mount Langdon Trail trailhead and small parking lot are located diagonally to the left.

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