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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 up the Mount Langdon Trail
Looking up the Mount Langdon Trail

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

Having not seen the Presidentials from Mt. Parker during my previous visit, I decided to head back on a nice Monday afternoon.

I was able to make decent time up the Mt. Langdon Trail, thanks to decent footing and minimal blowdowns. Once reaching the Mt. Parker Trail, my progress slowed due to blowdowns. While this route has a few ups and downs, they weren't too much of a bear since I knew what to expect from my prior visit.

Eventually reaching the summit, I was greeted with views in almost every direction (there's also a ledge a short bushwhack from the summit that gives views in the missing direction, however I had limited daylight). It was, in particular, a neat way to look at Mt. Washington, with Mt. Resolution standing to the left. I couldn't help but wonder if the spruce trees around the summit will grow up and diminish this great view in a decade or two.

For the descent, I cleaned up a few blowdowns on the Mt. Parker Trail, prior to going into overdrive for the Mt. Langdon Trail walk, reaching the parking lot well before sunset.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, June 21, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:23 PM
Parking Elevation: 700'
Destination: Mt. Parker
Ascent Commenced: 4:23 PM
Summit Reached: 5:49 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:26
Trailhead Elevation: 700'
Summit Elevation: 3,004'
Distance: 3.9 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,680'
Hike Ended: 7:32 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:09
Hike Distance: 7.8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,056'

The Mount Langdon Trail trailhead
The Mount Langdon Trail trailhead

Looking at Mt. Resolution and Mt. Washington from Mt. Parker - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Resolution and Mt. Washington from Mt. Parker

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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