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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, (Mt. Shannon), Yellow Trail

Ascended the southern portion of the Yellow Trail from the scout camp. From the mess hall, I followed the signs to Sunset Lake, where the roads transition to trail. Trail was mostly dry. Not much in way of fall foliage yet.

Via this route, it was 1.1 miles from the admin building to the summit.

Stunning sunset.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Parking Elevation: 740'
Destination: Mt. Shannon
Time Elapsed: 00:15
Trailhead Elevation: 740'
Summit Elevation: 1,265'
Vertical Gain: 575'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:08
Hike Distance: 2.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 625'

The Yellow Trail trailhead
The Yellow Trail trailhead

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The sunset from Mt. Shannon - Click to enlarge
The sunset from 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. A branch of the Yellow Trail starts near the shore of Sunset Lake.

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