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Wonalancet Hedgehog
Albany, NH, Waterville Valley, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Walden Trail
The Walden Trail

Route: Old Mast Road, Walden Trail, (Wonalancet Hedgehog), spur path, Walden Trail, Old Mast Road

After doing a bunch of driving on Monday, I wasn't feeling up to doing much more. Thus, I decided to try out a new local peak.

In a previous hike, I had come very close to Wonalancet Hedgehog, but didn't bother to go to the actual summit. This time, I decided to go up the Old Mast Road, a hiking highway of sorts, then head up the Walden Trail. While I had heard this section of trail was rough, I didn't find it to be too too bad - there are a few short scrambles, but its nothing like the nearby Blueberry Ledge Trail.

While the summit of Wonalancet Hedgehog was wooded (well, a big boulder to be precise), there were multiple nearby viewpoints. The one closest to the summit was particularly impressive, with great views to the south, however I found the ledge to be a little bit iffy (angled downhill with a big dropoff and some slippery stuff on it).

Since I'm not a fan of the Wonalancet Range Trail near the lower Short Cut junction, I decided to go back from whence thou came. The steeper sections of the Walden Trail were a bit tricky with loose dirt, however the Old Mast Road proved to be an easy end of the hike.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Wonalancet Hedgehog
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Hike Commenced: 3:29 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,140'
Destination: Wonalancet Hedgehog
Ascent Commenced: 3:30 PM
Summit Reached: 4:42 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:12
Trailhead Elevation: 1,140'
Summit Elevation: 3,140'
Distance: 2.9 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,080'
Hike Ended: 6:08 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:39
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,200'

The Old Mast Road trailhead
The Old Mast Road trailhead

Looking south at the Ossipees, Belknaps, and Red Hill from the vista near the Wonalancet Hedgehog summit. - Click to enlarge
Looking south at the Ossipees, Belknaps, and Red Hill from the vista near the Wonalancet Hedgehog summit.

Topographic map of Wonalancet Hedgehog - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 113A to Wonalancet, then take Ferncroft Road. The trailhead (the road) and parking lot are both on the right next to the pasture.

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