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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Smarts Mountain
Orford, NH, Lyme, NH

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

Route: Daniel Doan Trail

Generally a muddy, buggy mess. Very wet and muddy logging roads for the first portion of the hike, then a decent trail for a brief interlude, then an eroded, wet climb up to the ridge (nice woods though). Excellent views from the fire tower.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,310'
Time to Trailhead: 00:05
Destination: Smarts Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:21
Trailhead Elevation: 1,330'
Summit Elevation: 3,238'
Distance: 3 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,958'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:00
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,058'

The Daniel Doan Trailhead
The Daniel Doan Trailhead


Looking north from the Smarts Mountain fire tower - Click to enlarge
Looking north from the Smarts Mountain fire tower

Topographic map of Smarts Mountain

Directions to trailhead: From Route 25 in Wentworth, take Route 25A west. Take a left onto Quintown Road. Take a right onto Mousley Brook Trail. At a split, there is a gate on right, a small parking area on left, and straight ahead (downhill) as no vehicles sign. Walk downhill, then at bottom, across right hand bridge, but continue going straight (there are roads on the right on either side of the bridge). Go straight at trailhead sign, eventually ending upon a woods road with blue blazes.

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