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Mt. Roberts
Moultonborough, NH

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

Route: Mt. Roberts Trail, (Mt. Roberts), High Ridge Trail, unknown carriage road, (Faraway Mountain), unknown carriage road, High Ridge Trail, Faraway Mountain Trail, Cold Spring Trail, unknown logging road, Cold Spring Road

While I had hoped to hike up in Maine, the last minute shift in the weather forecast changed my mind. Thus, I decided to stay local.

While there was some blue sky when I started, clouds were quickly moving in from the north. By the time I reached the Mt. Roberts ledges, the lake views were already rather obscured. The Mt. Roberts summit viewpoint was also rather hazy.

My next stop was the highpoint of Faraway Mountain. The High Ridge Trail was very gradual as it dipped off the back of Mt. Roberts, then ascended the shoulder of Faraway Mountain. Not long after passing a swampy area, I saw a carriage road departing to the left. As I looked up it, I saw the chain across it and knew it was the access road to the summit towers.

The access road meandered fairly gradually as it worked its way up to the highpoint, soon arriving at the open summit. Unfortunately the topography doesn't quite lend itself to views based upon the amount of land cleared, however I could see some obstructed views while standing next to the towers.

My next stop was the Faraway Mountain outlook along the High Ridge Trail. The views from here, despite the clouds and haze, were still strong - a good place for a snack.

On my way down, I heard a rustling in the woods and briefly saw what I think was a moose taking off upon hearing me. While I was tempted to go investigate, I wasn't positive that it was a moose (it could have been a bear), so I decided to continue on my way.

After dealing with a few of the switchbacks down the Faraway Mountain and Cold Spring trails, I hopped onto an old logging road and took a direct route down to Cold Spring Road. I found the end of those road to be a bit odd - a paved road with a turnaround area and what looked to be a bus stop of some sort, and a fenced in area with some buildings and what looked to be a pool. By the looks of the weeds growing up through the cracks in the pavement, it seems like there isn't much traffic on this gated road.

After a short road walk, I was back to the Shannon Pond area and soon back to the gate house parking area. Despite the cloud weather, not a bad day for a hike.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Roberts
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Faraway Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Easy
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Moderate (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, September 21, 2008
Hike Commenced: 11:19 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,240'
Destination: Mt. Roberts
Ascent Commenced: 11:25 AM
Summit Reached: 12:31 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:06
Trailhead Elevation: 1,250'
Summit Elevation: 2,582'
Distance: 2.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,407'
Destination: Faraway Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 12:34 PM
Summit Reached: 1:18 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:44
Trailhead Elevation: 2,582'
Summit Elevation: 2,782'
Vertical Gain: 342'
Hike Ended: 3:18 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:59
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,829'

Mt. Roberts Trail trailhead near the horse barn
Mt. Roberts Trail trailhead near the horse barn

Looking at the Sandwich Range from the Mt. Roberts summit. - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Sandwich Range from the Mt. Roberts summit.

The High Ridge Trail
The High Ridge Trail

Looking across the lake at the Belknap Range from the Faraway Mountain vista - Click to enlarge
Looking across the lake at the Belknap Range from the Faraway Mountain vista

Topographic map of Mt. Roberts - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 109 South from Route 25. Bear left onto Route 171. Shortly thereafter, take a left onto Ossipee Park Road. The small hiker parking lot is located just after the gatehouse, on the right. Continue on the road on foot, taking a left at the intersection. The Mt. Roberts Trail trailhead is located at the corner of the field near the barn.

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