GET FIT HIKE #4: CHERRY MOUNTAIN [MT. MARTHA AND OWL’S HEAD]
52 With A View DATE: 05/29/2022 - 05/29/2022
Trip/Event Location: Twin Mountain, NH
Max # People: 12
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Join our last GetFit Hike to get fit for summer hiking! The open ledges of Owl's Head is home to perhaps the best view anywhere of the entire Presidential Range!!!
Our last GetFit Hike to get
It's approximately 152 miles from Boston and 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Take I-93 North, then U.S. 3 to Twin Mountain. From the traffic lights at the junction of U.S. Highways 3 and 302 in Twin Mountain, drive 2.0 miles north on US 3 and then turn right onto New Hampshire Route 115. Continue north on Route 115 for 1.9 miles. A gravel parking lot is located on the right directly across the highway from the intersection with Lennon Road.
The weekend started Saturday night with a delicious meal prepared by Jon including grilled marinated chicken breasts infused with herbs and spices, grilled shrimp kebabs, grilled juicy Kielbasa, buttered rice pilaf and fresh garden salad. Dessert was homemade banana cake topped with vanilla ice cream. WOW!
Beautiful clear day in the 60's, painted trillium and trout lilies galore, views fantastic - especially on Owl's Head that is really the star of this hike - not to be missed! However the black flies were fierce swarming around us that forced us to keep moving.
Wildflowers are out including Canadian Mayflower, Yellow Clintonia/Bluebead Lilly, Lady Slippers…and always a treat to see. The trail starts off on a logging/access road and then remains consistently steep with lots of rocks on the trail. Lee and Rick turned around as the trail got steeper…they could not catch their breath.
From Mt. Martha, there are great views of the entire Presidential Range, Crawford Notch and Franconia Ridge [from a separate outlook near the fire tower footings.] One of the reason’s we love this hike is the high ridge walk on Martha’s Mile to Owl’s Head with views through the trees, its lush forest and abundant wildflowers.
We had lunch at Owl’s Head with the best views of the day and began pointing out the Presidential summits we recognized. Lunch conversations ran the gamut from household projects to summer vacation plans.
The journey down was pleasant and full of both reflective and current conversation between all of us. All in all, I would say that the two peaks of Cherry Mountain are one of my favorite “52 With a View” peaks. Enjoyable hike today, excellent weather and an amicable group!
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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event
- Love the photo of Mike and Jon with their bug nets!! Definitely needed this time of year. - sedonahikerman
sedonahikerman May 30, 2022 at 1:05 PM
Comment: Love the photo of Mike and Jon with their bug nets!! Definitely needed this time of year.