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The Nubble
Bethlehem, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the bottom of the scramble up the Nubble
Looking up the bottom of the scramble up the Nubble

Route: Logging roads, herd path

Starting at the gate at the end of Gale River Road East, I followed a grassy logging road, continuing as it worked its way along side a clearcut. Where the road wanted to turn left, I beared right onto an older road, then another right shortly there after to another older road, then followed a series of herd paths, keeping with the most prominent footbed, eventually dropping down alongside a brook, crossing it shortly thereafter, then ascending around the north side of the Nubble (aka Haystack Mountain).

After a short, ledgy scramble (probably rather dangerous in wet/icy conditions due to a no fall zone), I arrived at a subpeak and then the true summit, with views in all directions. A very impressive, officially trailless, peak.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Difficult
Destination: The Nubble
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, September 26, 2011
Parking Elevation: 1,920'
Destination: The Nubble
Time Elapsed: 00:48
Trailhead Elevation: 1,920'
Summit Elevation: 2,713'
Distance: 1.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 853'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:29
Hike Vertical Gain: 913'


The gate at the end of Gale River Road East
The gate at the end of Gale River Road East

Looking over the Sugarloaves at the Presidentials from the Nubble - Click to enlarge
Looking over the Sugarloaves at the Presidentials from the Nubble

Topographic map of The Nubble


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 3 South from US 302. Take a left for the Gale River camping/hiking area. Shortly after, bear left at the fork in the road. Continue down up road, continuing straight at the right turn for Gale River Trail. At the end of the road there will be a gate with a small parking area on the left.

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