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
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
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).
Getting To Trailhead:
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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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