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Stinson Mountain
Rumney, NH

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
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.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, August 11, 2007
Hike Commenced: 12:35 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,495'
Destination: Stinson Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 12:35 PM
Summit Reached: 1:14 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:39
Trailhead Elevation: 1,495'
Summit Elevation: 2,900'
Vertical Gain: 1,415'
Hike Ended: 2:06 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:31
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,450'

The Stinson Mountain Trail trailhead on Doetown Road
The Stinson Mountain Trail trailhead on Doetown Road

Looking at Tenney Mountain from the Stinson Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Tenney Mountain from the Stinson Mountain summit

Topographic map of Stinson Mountain - Click to enlarge

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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