NE 4,000 Footers
NE 100 Highest
NH 4,000 Footers
NH 100 Highest
NH 52 With A View
NH Belknap Range
NH Ossipee 10
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The flats on the Stinson Mountain Trail
Route: Stinson Mountain Trail
Not wanting to deal with crowds on a nice summer day, I decided to do something slightly more obscure - Stinson Mountain.
We arrived at the trailhead just a bit after noontime (only two other vehicles there - great success!), and started down the flat trail. Things didn't steepen up for quite awhile - probably a good half of a mile or more of nearly flat, straight trail walking.
Soon we were at the junction of the hiking and snowmobiling trail. For the ascent, we chose the more direct hiking trail. With the aid switchbacks, the trail doesn't get too steep.
The summit footings were a welcome sight - I had a craving for fast food and wanted to get the hike done with! The views were a bit hazy but still good - Sunapee, Kearsarge, and the lakes were all visible. We hunted around for a viewpoint toward Stinson Lake, but only found one that looked at the edge of Sandwich Range (come to find out, we must have missed a herd path to the view point just before we reached the summit).
Hoping to see some view toward Stinson Lake or Carr Mountain, we descended down the snowmobile trail. The trail is a bit more gentle than the hiking trail, as well as wetter (on a flat section).
Soon we were back at the parking lot - just in time, as dark clouds were moving in.
Getting To Trailhead:
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The Stinson Mountain Trail trailhead on Doetown Road
Looking at Tenney Mountain from the Stinson Mountain summit
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 25 to Rumney. Take Main Street (it will become Stinson Lake Road) north, then take a right onto Cross Road. When Cross Road intersects Doetown Road, take a right. The small parking area and trailhead will be a bit down this road on the left.
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