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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 up the Lambert Ridge Trail
Looking up the Lambert Ridge Trail

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

Snowpack was a little bit skimpy at the trailhead, but quickly increased to a foot deep within a few minutes. Lots of postholing on the Lambert Ridge Trail as the depths increased. We did our best to fix the damage with our snowshoes.

Above the junction, snowpack increased to 2+ feet. One blue ice bulge at that junction. Decent snowshoe track forming above. Snowshoes were needed to go to other areas of interest, such as the tentsite vista (best non-tower view) and the cabin, neither of which the many barebooters had been to likely due to depths.

Tower steps are caked in snow/rime, but could be barebooted. I opted not to go into the cab, as the windows were rimed over. Really strong views with some atmospheric distortion on the Ossipees and Sunapee.

Ranger Trail was decent going on snowshoes; much better than the wet/slippery mess it can be in summertime.

Sub-zero start, but warmed up to about 20 by lunchtime. Crisp, blue skies.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, January 31, 2021
Parking Elevation: 1,110'
Destination: Smarts Mountain
Time Elapsed: 02:23
Trailhead Elevation: 1,110'
Summit Elevation: 3,238'
Vertical Gain: 2,498'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:17
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,668'

The Lambert Ridge Trail trailhead
The Lambert Ridge Trail trailhead

Looking at Dartmouth Skiway from the Smarts Mountain fire tower. - Click to enlarge
Looking at Dartmouth Skiway from the Smarts Mountain fire tower.

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. In late January 2021, the lot was plowed, but icy.

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