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Mt. Prospect
Holderness, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The trail to Mt. Prospect
The trail to Mt. Prospect

Route: Unknown trail, herd path, bushwhack

Trail was generally dry with just a few damp places from this morning's showers. Mudpit is still dry. Foliage is starting to pop.

From the summit, I continued about 0.15 mile northeast to the good viewpoint, then followed a faint herd path (cross over a stonewall, then look for mossy old cairns) another 0.15 mile north. At this point, I was at a cairn on a ledge, and to the right was an opening to a slanted view ledge (looking at The Button and beyond); this is just prior to the first bump shown on the USGS.

I descended the view ledge a dozen or two feet on some larger rocks, then took an immediate left. Just to my left, almost under the slanted view ledge, was a cavern, probably 15-20 feet deep. I didn't look around too much, as I didn't want to fall in, but I believe this is the Miser's Cave, as described in old guidebooks. I suspect one would need a rope to get in/out of it.

I returned to the cairn and went north to the northernmost bump, occasionally finding old cairns, a tin blaze, a neat opening in a stonewall, and an old firepit.

This was my first time consciously looking for the cave...was neat to (most likely) find it, after reading about it years ago.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, October 6, 2017
Parking Elevation: 1,080'
Destination: Mt. Prospect
Time Elapsed: 00:28
Trailhead Elevation: 1,080'
Summit Elevation: 2,064'
Distance: 1.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,019'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:43
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,254'

(Probably) Miser's Cave
(Probably) Miser's Cave

The Squam Range as seen from the northeastern Mt. Prospect viewpoint - Click to enlarge
The Squam Range as seen from the northeastern Mt. Prospect viewpoint

Directions to trailhead: From Meredeth, take Route 25 west, then take a right onto Route 175 north. Just prior to the 175A junction, take a right onto Mt. Prospect Road. After passing Prospect Ridge Road on the right and dipping down a bit, the road climbs and soon turns to the left. The trailhead is on the right (two granite columns laying on their side). There is some room to park on the side of the road next to the trailhead.

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