Stinson Mountain Trail
Full Day Hike DATE: 04/11/2021 - 04/11/2021
Trip/Event Location: Rumney/Stinson Lake, NH
Trip Leader(s): nhclimber03264
Max # People: 12
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Stinson Mountain – elevation of 2900ft, 1.8 miles to summit. (elevation gain of 1400ft)
This is a fairly simple trail and a great spring starter. The start of the hike is farmland that has...
Where to meet: Getting to Rumney NH is fairly simple, the trail head however not so easy to navigate. To make this easy for EVERYONE we will meet at the Rumney town common at 9am. The is a great café (The Common Café and Tavern). Coffee, pastries, and light breakfast is available. It is a meeting place for the many rock climbers (need I say more) who are in the area as well. I drive a large Toyota Tundra and will be at the town common by 8:30.
There are no gas stations in Rumney, so fill up on fuel it recommended in Plymouth. About a mile into route 25 is a Mobile, Irving and Dunkin go nuts.
From the north, south, and east – Find Interstate 93! Exit 26 which is also route 25 (west). Travel 7.3 miles, turning right on to “Main Street” aka Stinson Lake Road. Go about a mile to the town common at the intersection of Main, Buffalo Rd and Quincy Road. Up to this point cell service should work.
From western areas (VT) take route 25 east. The intersection for Main and 25 is approximately 6.5 miles from Route 118.
We will all gather at 9am with intent to drive to the trail head by 9:20. Carpool from this point is possible. The road to the trail head is passable with any vehicle. It is 5.2 miles to the trail head. If you wish to meet the group at the trail head or maybe running late contact me for directions to the trail from the common.
I am sure there is WAY better directions available on line if these are confusing.
Reminder – cell service from the common up to the trail is weak if at all.
Stinson Mountain, April 11, 2021
What an amazing day. The weather was perfect, sunny with a gentle breeze as the day progressed. Trail conditions were drier than expected with few ice patches near the summit (no spikes needed). Few hikers at the start of the day and several heading up as we made our descent.
Stinson Trail crosses former pastureland with stone walls and small brooks. The trail gradually climbs up to meet an extensive snowmobile network. The hiking and snowmobile trails were in excellent condition. Brush was cleared and no winter trash remained anywhere. Very nice coexistence between two major recreational activities.
The pace was nice and reasonable, opportunity to stop and talk nature, ecology, and humor. Gentle blend of all. Great group of hikers (5 total) from MA, VT, and NH. Everyone enjoyed the hike and the company. At the summit is a nice open area sheltered on the sides. Plenty of sun and limited wind. Base of a fire tower remains for more history. There were sweet views to the south and a few to the north east. After the hike, an outdoor social in Plymouth rounded out the day with food and discussion about future hike ideas. Watch the calendar for more opportunities to explore new areas, trails, and summits. Looking forward to hiking more with all participants, all of whom are gearing up for a great season ahead.
Any questions about the trail, conditions and ability level feel free to contact.
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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event
- Great day with y'all; hiking you handsome, knowledgable, even famous lads! - vtfred
- Sounds like you guys had a great time! - Gandalf
- This was not just a hike, but lessons in history & ecology, and a comedy show all wrapped up in one! As always, the view at the top was simply priceless. What a fun day, great group of guys - looking forward to the next! - promeneur
vtfred Apr 13, 2021 at 6:34 AM
Comment: Great day with y'all; hiking you handsome, knowledgable, even famous lads!
Gandalf Apr 11, 2021 at 5:13 PM
Comment: Sounds like you guys had a great time!
promeneur Apr 11, 2021 at 4:16 PM
Comment: This was not just a hike, but lessons in history & ecology, and a comedy show all wrapped up in one! As always, the view at the top was simply priceless. What a fun day, great group of guys - looking forward to the next!