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Trip Log


Tenney Mountain
Groton, NH, Plymouth, NH

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

Route: Ski trails, access road, bushwhack, (Tenney Mountain), bushwhack, access road, ski trails

Ascended from a branch of the access road near the old novice area, thereby avoiding the base facilities and any posted signs. Access road was gravel, rock, and grass depending upon the area, as it weaved up the ski slopes. The ski slopes are quickly growing in and aren't a particularly viable route on their own at this point. Pretty shocking to see the turbines as I turned a corner early in...would have definitely impacted the skiing experience, had the area stayed open. You can hear them quite clearly from the upper ski trails too, as well as see the swooshing shadows whip by you (even though the turbine casting the shadow was probably a quarter of a mile away).

The access road leaves the old ski trails just prior to reaching the top of the old double chairlift and winds its way up to the communications tower. From there, I briefly bushwhacked south-southwest into a massive clearcut apparently created to help lacking wind currents. Apart from the stumps, moving turbine shadows, and unnerving noise, the vista was quite nice (especially of Newfound Lake), though one had to look through the turbines to see the Franconia peaks. The highpoint is just outside of the clearcut, heading toward the turbines (no jar or sign).

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, September 15, 2014
Parking Elevation: 850'
Destination: Tenney Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:07
Trailhead Elevation: 860'
Summit Elevation: 2,350'
Vertical Gain: 1,520'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:15
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,560'

Looking south at Newfound Lake from near the summit of Tenney Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking south at Newfound Lake from near the summit of Tenney Mountain

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 25 West from Plymouth. At the rotary, take Route 3A South. The Tenney Mountain access road will eventually be on the right. While there is parking at the old ski area parking lots, the immediate area around the old base lodge is posted No Trespassing.

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