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Whitton Ledge
Albany, NH, Madison, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The herd path along the north shore of Whitten Pond
The herd path along the north shore of Whitten Pond

Route: Bushwhack, orange blazed trail, bushwhack

Though the forecast a day earlier had been calling for heavy rains, the weather was much more pleasant. As the afternoon neared, the clouds were giving way to blue sky.

Having seen Whitton Ledge from Mt. Chocorua and taking an interest in it, I decided today would be the perfect day to give it a shot. After circling around Whitton Pond (no roads actually reach the pond, so it was a blind maze trying to find a way in), I decided to follow a brook up to the water. Reaching the pond, I was shocked at how nice it was - quiet and generally undisturbed by development. Following a herdpath along the northern shore, I soon bushwhacked up toward the ridge, reaching a large rock slab.

While I was tempted to try to scale the slab, the bottom was too slippery to grip on (and the major for error was very very slim). Thus, I headed up through the woods and worked my way back over to the slab, heading up the top third. Above the slab, I soon reached a wall of cliffs and a bunch of old cable - a granite quarry perhaps? Finding a way up over the cliff, I reached an orange blazed trail near the highpoint of the peak. Following the trail east, I reached some nice ledge vistas with views ranging from peaks in Maine to Chocorua.

Ready to finish this hike, I followed the orange blazed trail northwest to a smaller subpeak, which offered some additional views. At this point, the trail ended - from here, I bushwhacked back down to the pond and then followed an old woods road back to Drake Hill Road.

A nice hike, though the deer flies were extremely vexing!


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, July 18, 2009
Hike Commenced: 2:40 PM
Parking Elevation: 740'
Destination: Whitton Ledge
Ascent Commenced: 2:40 PM
Summit Reached: 3:38 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:58
Trailhead Elevation: 560'
Summit Elevation: 740'
Vertical Gain: 560'
Hike Ended: 4:29 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:49
Hike Vertical Gain: 720'


The brook coming from Whitten Pond as seen from Drake Hill Road
The brook coming from Whitten Pond as seen from Drake Hill Road

Looking down one of the scramble ledges
Looking down one of the scramble ledges

Looking over Whitten Pond at the Ossipees (left) and Mt. Israel (right) from one of the Whitten Ledge vistas - Click to enlarge
Looking over Whitten Pond at the Ossipees (left) and Mt. Israel (right) from one of the Whitten Ledge vistas

Topographic map of Whitton Ledge - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Drake Hill Road is located east of Route 16 near Albany, NH

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