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Sanbornton Mountain
New Hampton, NH, Sanbornton, NH

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

Route: Mountain Road, snowmobile trail, bushwhack, (Sanbornton Mountain)

Started up Mountain Road on snowshoes, soon reaching a groomed snowmobile corridor around 1,000 feet in elevation. I then headed southwest toward the eastern peak of Sanbornton Mountain in generally open woods on spring snow, sinking in maybe 3 inches. I then redirected toward the main peak prior to reaching a band of softwood, dropping a bit too low into thick hardwood saplings (on return trip, I avoided this by going slightly more uphill toward col).

The top of the peak had some open areas, however views were obstructed by tree growth. Some of the western facing slopes had a slight frozen granular crust. Overall, the recent snow had turned to granular, making it not sticky.

I then dropped down toward a small knob on the north-northeast side of the summit (maybe 500 linear feet away), which had an excellent directional viewpoint atop a small cliff, looking at the Ossipees, Red Hill, the Sandwich Range, and toward the Waterville area peaks.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, March 21, 2014
Parking Elevation: 870'
Time to Trailhead: 00:03
Destination: Sanbornton Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:49
Trailhead Elevation: 900'
Summit Elevation: 1,607'
Vertical Gain: 757'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:00
Hike Vertical Gain: 837'

The start of the unplowed portion of Mountain Road
The start of the unplowed portion of Mountain Road

Looking at northeast from near the summit of from Sanbornton Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at northeast from near the summit of from Sanbornton Mountain

Directions to trailhead: From I-93 in Sanbornton, take 127 North to Gaza, then take a left onto Route 132 North. Take a left onto Hale Road, then take a right onto Mountain Road. In winter it may be hard to find a place to park.

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