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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 Sutherland Trail
Looking up the Sutherland Trail

Route: Fauver Link, Sutherland Trail (Plymouth Mountain), Sutherland Trail, Fauver Link

Having previously hiked Plymouth Mountain via a grown in trail from the Newfound Lake side, I decided to check out the northern approach.

Starting on the Fauver Link, I jogged my way up the fairly gradual trail, eventually crossing over a logging road onto the Sutherland Trail. The footing was generally pretty good as the trail passed through hardwood glades.

After awhile I noticed an unmarked trail going sharply uphill to the left - I correctly suspected it was a ledge known as Pike's Peak. I opted to stay on the Sutherland Trail and continue onto the summit. Shortly thereafter, I reached a series of ledges leading to the summit (faded blazes), a few requiring minor scrambles.

Just below the summit, I stood on a large rock ledge (with a sharp dropoff on two sides) and had excellent views to the north and east.

Heading down the trail, I followed a herd path right to Pike's Peak, which had tremendous views to the north. In comparison to the ledge near the summit of Plymouth, the views are not as wide reaching, however they are much stronger and allow easy sitting/viewing.

From Pike's Peak, I followed the steep path that I had seen earlier back to the Sutherland Trail, then jogged my way back to the bottom.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, July 30, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:26 PM
Parking Elevation: 790'
Destination: Plymouth Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:26 PM
Summit Reached: 5:13 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:47
Trailhead Elevation: 790'
Summit Elevation: 2,193'
Distance: 2.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,463'
Hike Ended: 6:10 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:44
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,563'


The Fauver Trail trailhead
The Fauver Trail trailhead

A foreshadowing of things to come...
A foreshadowing of things to come...

Looking east at the Sandwich, Squam, and Ossipee ranges from the viewpoint near the summit of Plymouth Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking east at the Sandwich, Squam, and Ossipee ranges from the viewpoint near the summit of Plymouth Mountain

Looking north at the White Mountains from the Pike's Peak vista - Click to enlarge
Looking north at the White Mountains from the Pike's Peak vista

Topographic map of Plymouth Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 25 West from Ashland. A few minutes after leaving Ashland, take a left onto Cummings Road. A minute or two after a sharp left turn, take a right onto Texas Hill Road. A few minutes later, continue straight through a junction onto Old Hebron Road. The Fauver Link parking lot will be on the left a few hundred yards thereafter. The Fauver Link Trail trailhead is located at the back end of the parking lot.

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