HIKES & EVENTS
Mt. Kearsarge Hike
52 With A View
DATE: Aug 08, 2021
END DATE: Aug 08, 2021
Hike/Event Location: Wilmot NH
Manchester, NH United States
Meeting Time: 10:00 AM
Max # People: 15
Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Hike Difficulty Level:
Easy to Moderate
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This is a hike up to Mount Kearsarge with outstanding 360-degree views from its bare summit!
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. Join us for a short hike in the great outdoors for some fresh air and some much needed camaraderie!
Hiking Coordinators: Chuck Blaisdell, John Guerette and Mark Savoie
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.