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Get Fit #2: Mt. Kearsarge Hike

52 With A View

DATE: Apr 17, 2021
END DATE: Apr 17, 2021

Hike/Event Location: Wilmot NH

Trip Leader(s)


Gandalf
Thornton, NH United States,

JDNnh
Manchester, NH United States

Meeting Time: 11:00 AM

Max # People: 10

Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Hike Difficulty Level:

Easy to Moderate

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Summary

This is a hike up to Mount Kearsarge with outstanding 360-degree views from its bare summit!

Our second of four GetFit Hikes! We will be hiking Mt. Kearsarge [2,937 feet] up the Winslow and down the Barlow trail. The total distance covered is 2.9 miles, it should take approximately 2-3 hours and the elevation gain is 1,100 feet. On a clear day, skyscrapers from Boston 80 miles away are visible from the firetower on the summit! 

From the parking area we follow the Winslow Trail as it is steeper with considerably more rocks and roots. After several switchbacks and a good deal of rock stepping, the trail comes to a lookoff rock from which there’s the first viewpoint. The summit itself is completely open with a fire tower, picnic area, and, on a good day, an abundance of views across New Hampshire and into Vermont. The summit is large, open and rocky ~ and greatly exposed to the elements. We can wander about, climb the tower, study the views and enjoy lunch. We'll take the gentler Barlow trail for the descent. 

The trailhead is at Winslow State Park with an entrance fee of $4.00. Reservations and payment must be made in advance by clicking here. Bring a copy of your reservation either on paper or a copy on your phone at the booth before you enter into the Park. Have face mask for the trailhead and when we encounter people.  

We are keeping the hike at 10 people to make it easier to practice the recommended social distancing of keeping about 6 feet of distance between everyone. Join us for a short hike in the great outdoors for some fresh air and some much needed camaraderie!  

Hiking Coordinators: Mike Boisvert and Jon Normand

Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot

At exit 10 of Interstate 89, northbound travelers turn right at the end of the exit ramp. About 80 yards northeast from the highway turn right at a T intersection onto North Road. Proceed .04 mile to a sweeping left turn onto Kearsarge Valley Road, which intersects with Kearsarge Mountain Road after another 3 miles. The right turn onto Kearsarge Mountain Road is marked by a "Winslow State Park" sign adjacent to a field with full views of Kearsarge Mountain. The tollbooth and parking area are about 2 miles up the road. 

Trip Leader(s)

Gandalf

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Thornton, NH


United States
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JDNnh

Outdoor Fitness Level: Very Strenuous


Manchester, NH


United States
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promeneur

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Nashua, NH


United States
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jstrbck

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Worcester, MA


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JR

Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Boston, MA


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bostonhikah

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Jamaica Plain, MA


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Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Boston, MA


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chkhuber

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate


Hampton Falls, NH


United States
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Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous


Hanover, NH


United States
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Discuss This Trip/Event
JR Posted Apr 17, 2021 at 6:25 PM

Got the date wrong. Started out late. Don’t wait for me. But will still see if I can get there in a decent time.

promeneur Posted Apr 17, 2021 at 5:20 PM

Winter wonderland! A beautiful silhouette of powdered trees amidst a carpet of soft snow, with views as far as the eye can see.......pure joy. Thank you Mike & Jon, another fantastic GO hike!

JR Posted Apr 17, 2021 at 11:38 AM

Got the date wrong. Started out late. Don’t wait for me. But will still see if I can get there in a decent time.

JR Posted Apr 17, 2021 at 10:33 AM

Got the date wrong. Started out late. Don’t wait for me. But will still see if I can get there in a decent time.

JR Posted Apr 17, 2021 at 9:57 AM

Got the date wrong. Started out late. Don’t wait for me. But will still see if I can get there in a decent time.

Gandalf Posted Apr 15, 2021 at 11:41 AM

A HUGE SNOWBALL is coming our way with the summit accumulating between 8-15 inches of snow!!! Our GetFit hiking series was designed for us to get in shape for summer…not a return to winter…LOL. We are giving everyone a heads up to bring snowshoes and have bungee cards to strap them on to your pack in case we don’t need them at first. Also bring MicroSpikes if you them. Should be epic!!!

Gandalf Posted Apr 14, 2021 at 9:03 AM

The finish time will depend on the group pace but 3PM sounds right. Give yourself two hours if driving up from Boston.

Gandalf Posted Apr 13, 2021 at 11:00 PM

Due to trail conditions, we’ve decided to go up and down the Barlow Trail making the hike 3.4 miles round trip. In addition, the gate is closed so add a 0.7 mile road walk each way. That now makes the entire hike 4.8 miles. Park alongside the road and make sure to pull off to the side enough! We’ll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma Truck. Since the official start of the hike will be where we park, let's meet at our Toyota Tacoma Truck.

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