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Straightback Mountain
Alton, NH

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

Route: Logging road/snowmobile trail, Beaver Pond Trail, Straightback Mountain Trail, (Straightback Mountain), Straightback Mountain Trail, Beaver Pond Trail, logging road/snowmobile trail

Trails were mostly dry and in good shape.

Old Stage Road starts just past the pond off Jesus Valley Road, but maybe 100 yards later, there's a sign for Straightback Mountain. From there, it's a leafy snowmobile trail until you pick up the red blazes for the Beaver Pond Trail. Soon thereafter, there's a sign where the Straightback Mountain Trail breaks off to the left. Not long after this, it becomes one of the more scenic trails around, as it ascends through blueberry pasture and ledges (occasional black ice, easily avoided) to the summit.

Chilly but decent sunset.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, November 29, 2015
Parking Elevation: 730'
Destination: Straightback Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:26
Trailhead Elevation: 730'
Summit Elevation: 1,890'
Distance: 1.5 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,175'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:04
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,190'

The beginning of the woods road adjacent to the marsh near the end of Jesus Valley Road
The beginning of the woods road adjacent to the marsh near the end of Jesus Valley Road

The sunset from Straightback Mountain - Click to enlarge
The sunset from Straightback Mountain

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 11 West from Alton Bay. Take a left onto Jesus Valley Road. Just prior to the road ending, there will be a swamp/pond on the left side (and just after this, a private property sign). There is room to park roadside next to the swamp. A woods road starts just after the swamp/pond on the left.

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