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Mt. Shannon
Gilmanton, NH

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

Route: Yellow Trail, Mack Ridge Trail, Yellow Trail, (Mt. Shannon), Blue Trail, Red Trail, Yellow Trail, (Mt. Shannon), Yellow Trail

After signing in, I took the Yellow Trail up to the Mack Ridge Trail (Orange blazes), which I took out and back to Old Stage Road. Mostly dry, well blazed, not much of note other than a bouldering area.

I then took the Yellow Trail southeast to the summit of Mt. Shannon (three viewpoints around the summit, two of which are excellent view ledges).

From there, I took the Blue-Yellow blazed trail northeast, dropping down to the Blue Trail. These sections were not well blazed and were overgrown in places with occasional mud (would be worse in wet conditions). There is also a trail that goes west at the base of the mountain that is not depicted on the or AMC maps.

The Red Trail around the east side of Mt. Shannon was decently marked and in good shape. A few nice shore views of Sunset Lake. I took this to the scout dock at the northwest corner of the lake (at that point the foot trail turns into a road), then doubled back to the Yellow Trail up the south side of Mt. Shannon. Though longer and more gradual for the most part, there was a little bit of scrambling to get back to the summit. The very top of it is not well marked (ie if one were to descend southbound from the summit), but would be pretty obvious once on it.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, July 27, 2015
Parking Elevation: 740'
Destination: Mt. Shannon
Time Elapsed: 00:33
Trailhead Elevation: 740'
Summit Elevation: 1,265'
Vertical Gain: 665'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:31
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,070'

The Yellow Trail trailhead
The Yellow Trail trailhead

Looking southeast at Sunset Lake from Mt. Shannon - Click to enlarge
Looking southeast at Sunset Lake from Mt. Shannon

Sunset Lake from the Red Trail
Sunset Lake from the Red Trail

Topographic map of Mt. Shannon

Directions to trailhead: From Route 107, take Route 140 east into Gilmanton. Take a left onto Crystal Lake Road, bearing left to stay on it (when Mountain Road goes straight). After passing Crystal Lake, the road turns into Guinea Ridge Road. Take a right onto Places Pond Road. The Griswold Hidden Valley Scout Reservation entrance will soon be on the left. During camp season, continue down the road to the parking area near Lake Eileen. Visitors need to check in/out at the Administration building during camp season. After checking in, continue on foot north along the shore of Lake Eileen. The Yellow Trail trailhead is just past the chapel.

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