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Nickerson Ledge
Albany, NH

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

Looking up the Nickerson Ledge Trail near the vista

Route: Piper Trail, Nickerson Ledge Trail, bushwack, (Nickerson Ledge), bushwack, Nickerson Ledge Trail, Piper Trail

On the one year anniversary of my knee injury, I decided to take it easy. Nickerson Ledge looked to be a somewhat short, local hike.

Arriving at a nearly empty Piper parking lot, I quickly set off on the Piper Trail, hopping around the initial muddy section before making decent time on the dry flats.

The Nickerson Ledge Trail splits off after about 1.2 miles and ascends rather steeply, prior to arriving at two large boulders. The high point is a bit beyond the boulders and the actual ledge view is a bit below those.

I was hoping for really good views and was somewhat let down, as it's basically a directional view to the south. Nonetheless, it's still nice. Destination for a hike? Probably not. Worthwhile stopping at while in route to a larger hike (perhaps the Three Sisters)? Certainly.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Nickerson Ledge
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Hike Commenced: 3:25 PM
Parking Elevation: 780'
Destination: Nickerson Ledge
Ascent Commenced: 3:26 PM
Summit Reached: 3:58 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:32
Trailhead Elevation: 780'
Summit Elevation: 1,670'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 910'
Hike Ended: 4:40 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:15
Hike Vertical Gain: 930'

Piper Trail trailhead

Looking south at the Mt. Whittier ski area (Nickerson Mountain) and the real Mt. Whittier from Nickerson Ledge

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from Tamworth. The Piper Trail WMNF sign is on the left, immediately after a general store. The WMNF fee parking area is about a minute or off Route 16. The Piper Trail trailhead is at the back corner of the parking lot.

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