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Mt. Tremont
Hart's Location, NH, Bartlett, NH

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

Route: Tremont Trail

Though I had planned to hike Mt. Tremont in the summer of 2007, I never made it there. With the summer quickly fading, I decided I'd head up and hike Tremont before the ice and snow.

I parked just west of the trailhead in a small pull-off area on the side of Route 302. The first part of the Tremont Trail was basically an old road bed - gradual and good going. After passing a wet spot, the trail soon started to follow a brookful of small cascades, making for some scenic hiking.

After this, the trail then ascended to a flat, somewhat wet area, before dipping down, crossing a brook, and then soon thereafter ascending at a moderate pace with a few short steeps. While it was fairly sunny out, almost the entire length of the trail seems to be blocked this time of year, resulting in slippery conditions a day and a half after a rain storm. I can't imagine what this trail would be like during the spring thaw!

While the views from the summit were excellent, I was a bit let down that they only looked south and west - since the sun was west of me, the scenery wasn't as strong as it normally would be. The Presidentials looked particularly beautiful during the ride up, however there were only obstructed views that way. Nonetheless, this would be a tremendous summit to be at during the morning hours as well as during a sunset.

The hike down was uneventful, though a bit slow, as I had to watch out for slippery roots and rocks - on the way up, I had slipped on one such root and fallen backwards off the trail and down an embankment. My apologies to any of the trees who were offended by the resulting expletive.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, September 8, 2008
Hike Commenced: 3:59 PM
Parking Elevation: 685'
Destination: Mt. Tremont
Ascent Commenced: 4:00 PM
Summit Reached: 5:30 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:30
Trailhead Elevation: 820'
Summit Elevation: 3,371'
Distance: 2.8 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,631'
Hike Ended: 7:13 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:14
Hike Distance: 5.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,711'

The Tremont Trail trailhead on US 302
The Tremont Trail trailhead on US 302

Stony Brook
Stony Brook

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

Topographic map of Mt. Tremont - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: Take US 302 West from Barlett. Soon after passing Sawyer Rock, Stony Brook will be crossed via bridge. The Tremont Trail trailhead will shortly thereafter be on the left, followed by a dirt turn off on the right, where a few vehicles can park.

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