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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Smarts Mountain
Lyme, NH

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

Route: Ranger Trail, Lambert Ridge Trail, (Smarts Mountain), Lambert Ridge Trail

The Ranger Trail was not enjoyable - mud, slippery ledge slabs, and minimal redeeming qualities. The Lambert Ridge Trail outclasses it, even with the ups and downs, thanks to the great views.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, August 22, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,110'
Destination: Smarts Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:21
Trailhead Elevation: 1,110'
Summit Elevation: 3,238'
Vertical Gain: 2,298'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:52
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,668'

The Ranger Trail trailhead
The Ranger Trail trailhead

Looking at Mt. Moosilauke from the Smarts Mountain fire tower. - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Moosilauke from the Smarts Mountain fire tower.

The Lambert Ridge Trail
The Lambert Ridge Trail

Topographic map of Smarts Mountain - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: From Route 25A, take Route 10 South toward Lyme. Take a left onto Dorchester Road (may also be signed as Lyme Center Road). Bear left onto a dirt road (still Dorchester Road) when the Dartmouth Skiway is visible to the right. The Lambert Ridge-Ranger Trail parking area and trailhead will be a few minutes up the dirt road on the left, just before crossing a brook.

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