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Mt. Stanton
Bartlett, NH

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

Route: Mt. Stanton Trail

Curious to see what Attitash looked like after their first snowmaking campaign of the season, I decided to leave work a little early and give Mt. Stanton a try.

The Mt. Stanton Trail starts by running parallel to a driveway (on the left), before ducking into the woods and up the hill. After a little bit of lollygagging, it meets up with the original Mt. Stanton Trail (the first part of this trail is a reroute, in other words), and heads across a flat ridge, before starting a steep ascent. Damp leaves made this even more challenging.

After the first steep ascent, the trail levels out and follows along a scenic ridge, with multiple ledge views of Mt. Kearsarge North and eventually the Attitash ski area.

Soon after this flat portion, the trail steepens up again and climbs up the side of Mt. Stanton. Once at the top of this ridge, the views of Attitash improve. The trail continues to the backside of the mountain, where there's a great view from Iron Mountain to Kearsarge North Mountain. Mt. Washington is also visible just to the upper left of Iron Mountain. The Mt. Stanton highpoint is just off the trail near this back ledge.

Though I still had some daylight left, I didn't feel like the fraction of a mile hike to Mt. Pickering. Another day. Instead, I went back to the Attitash viewpoint and checked out the snowmaking progress, as well as the very early stages of the sunset. Though it looked to be a nice one, I didn't feel like waiting around for half an hour, so I decided to head back.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Hike Commenced: 2:54 PM
Parking Elevation: 630'
Destination: Mt. Stanton
Ascent Commenced: 2:54 PM
Summit Reached: 3:32 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:38
Trailhead Elevation: 630'
Summit Elevation: 1,716'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,146'
Hike Ended: 4:19 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:25
Hike Distance: 2.8 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,216'

The Mt. Stanton Trail trailhead on Covered Bridge Lane
The Mt. Stanton Trail trailhead on Covered Bridge Lane

Looking northeast from Mt. Stanton at the Wildcats, Carters, Baldfaces, and Doubleheads - Click to enlarge
Looking northeast from Mt. Stanton at the Wildcats, Carters, Baldfaces, and Doubleheads

Topographic map of Mt. Stanton

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 302 West from the 16-302 junction north of North Conway. Just before the Saco River bridge crossing (currently under construction), take a right onto Covered Bridge Lane. Bear left at the fork in the road, remaining on Covered Bridge Lane. After the road starts to climb uphill, look for a hiking sign on the left side of the road at the beginning of a curve. This is the trailhead. There is some room for parking on either side of Covered Bridge Lane.

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