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Potash Mountain
Albany, NH, Waterville Valley, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Mt. Potash Trail at the first set of ledges
Looking up the Mt. Potash Trail at the first set of ledges

Route: Logging road, Mt. Potash Trail, (Potash Mountain), Mt. Potash Trail, logging road

While I was pondering doing Potash Mountain for a sunset hike, a combination of making better time to the trailhead than expected, along with seeing thick clouds to the west, made me reconsider. Thus, it seemed to make more sense to get up and down prior to dark, rather than wait around for potentially nothing.

Instead of taking the Downes Brook Trail to the Mt. Potash Trail, I decided to take a nearby logging road to the trail and thus bypass the tricky water crossing. The logging road ended up being a fairly pleasant walk in the woods - the Mt. Potash Trail crossing was fairly obvious, due to the worn footpath across the grassy road.

Starting a few hundred vertical feet up, I encountered patchy traces of snow. The ledges, fortunately, were bare - I would not want to have to deal with these in icy or wet situations, as they angle downward for awhile with potentially disasterous results.

Reaching the summit, I had excellent views, despite the clouds and lack of sunrays. The valleys were still filled with some foliage while the higher peaks were white.

Despite slipping and falling twice on the descent, it was fairly non-eventful.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:03 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,260'
Destination: Potash Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:03 PM
Summit Reached: 4:56 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:53
Trailhead Elevation: 1,260'
Summit Elevation: 2,680'
Vertical Gain: 1,480'
Hike Ended: 6:06 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:03
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,540'


The beginning of the logging road to the Mt. Potash Trail
The beginning of the logging road to the Mt. Potash Trail

Looking at the Hancocks, Captain, Carrigain, and Carrigain Notch from Potash Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Hancocks, Captain, Carrigain, and Carrigain Notch from Potash Mountain

Topographic map of Potash Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 112 West from Conway. Shortly after passing Bear Notch Road and then entrance to the UNH and Downes Brook Trails, there will be a gated logging road on the left. There is room for a few vehicles to park off Route 112 without blocking the gate.

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