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Trip Log


Mt. Rowe
Gilford, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Ridge Trail near the top of Mt. Rowe
Looking down the Ridge Trail near the top of Mt. Rowe

Route: Ridge Trail, bushwhack

First portion of Ridge Trail (aka Try Me Trail) was plowed up to the top ski jump side trail. Above there, the trail was groomed all the way to the summit. I wore snowshoes for this portion, but it looks like others booted without issue.

Went partway across the ridge to the open viewpoint - snowshoes definitely recommended for this. Probably 1.5 feet of snowpack with a breakable crust on top (some deeper drifts as well).

Bushwhacked down the top of the abandoned Fletcher Hale Trail (decade old sapling growth on this portion, so too tight for skiing). Eventually it emptied into a somewhat cleared slope with some brush sticking open, then into the cross country ski trail network (snowshoes or XC skis required), then into the plowed area at the bottom of the largest ski jump. From there I walked the plowed paved access road back to the base lodge.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Parking Elevation: 935'
Destination: Mt. Rowe
Time Elapsed: 00:22
Trailhead Elevation: 935'
Summit Elevation: 1,680'
Vertical Gain: 745'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:43
Hike Vertical Gain: 785'

The Ridge Trail trailhead
The Ridge Trail trailhead

Sunrise from near the summit of Mt. Rowe - Click to enlarge
Sunrise from near the summit of Mt. Rowe

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 11A to Gunstock entrance, parking lot near the base lodge of the ski area. Trailhead is on the other side of the base lodge, near the skateboard park.

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