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Plymouth Mountain
Plymouth, NH

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

Route: Pike Hill Road, Plymouth Mountain Trail, (Plymouth Mountain), Sutherland Trail, herd path, Plymouth Mountain Trail, Pike Hill Road

With clouds looming over the Lakes Region, I decided to head a bit northwest to clear skies.

Starting on the road walk portion of the hike, I soon saw the faded trailhead sign and headed down a hill, across a brook, and then back up. Tall grass, weeds, and prickers. Mud. What a mess.

This mess didn't let up until almost halfway up the trail. The upper portion of the trail was a bit beat up and surely not heavily travelled. Arriving at the viewless summit, I decided to follow the 'Outlook' spur trail then call it a day, disappointed. Once I reached the outlook, however, I was pleasantly surprised - excellent views of the Ossipees and decent views of the Sandwich Range and Franconia Notch areas.

Back at the summit, I followed a short path to an obstructed Mt. Cardigan outlook - nothing special.

One thing is sure - I'm glad I wore pants instead of shorts! The lower portion of this hike was a mess!

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Hike Commenced: 4:32 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,310'
Destination: Plymouth Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:35 PM
Summit Reached: 5:19 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:44
Trailhead Elevation: 1,370'
Summit Elevation: 2,193'
Vertical Gain: 923'
Hike Ended: 6:28 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:56
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,063'

The Plymouth Trail trailhead
The Plymouth Trail trailhead

Looking east at the Ossipee Mountains from the viewpoint near the summit of Plymouth Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking east at the Ossipee Mountains from the viewpoint near the summit of Plymouth Mountain

Topographic map of Plymouth Mountain - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 3A North from Bristol. Near the northern end of Newfound Lake, take a right onto Pike Hill Road (opposite North Shore Road). After a few minutes, and shortly after passing a house on the left, there is a small grass roadside parallel parking area on the left (concealed 'TRPK' sign). Walk up the road, bearing right at the junction immediately past the parking area. The Plymouth Trail starts at the beginning of a field on the right a few minutes past this junction.

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