Trip report

Pawtuckaway State Park Hike

Hiking/Walk DATE: 11/08/2008 - 11/08/2008

Trip/Event Location: Deerfield, NH

Trip Leader(s): Gandalf

Max # People: 15

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Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

This 7-mile hike loop hike includes North Mountain (1011') with Devils Den, huge boulders in the Boulder Field, scenic Round Pond and a climb up the firetower at South Mountain (908').

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Thirteen GO members spent the day rambling around Pawtuckaway State Park!  Despite some errors on my part with meeting directions, we all met at Reservation Road near the trailhead for North Mountain. The back entrance is a little hard to find as the park sign was taken down at Reservation Road.

We parked on Reservation Road at another parking area before the official North Mountain Trail junction -junction #12 on the Pawtuckaway State Park map and hiked up to North Mountain just fine. The views from the top, although very limited, were pleasant. We snapped a few pics and started down in the direction of the Boulder Field.

On the descent we checked out the "Devil's Den" which I'm not exactly sure why it is named as such. We arrived at the Boulder Field (using the Boulder Trail) that consists of these huge glacial erratics that is usually full of rock climbers trying to scale them.

We continued along the shore of a beautiful beaver pond. When we hit a road that was not near Round Pond, I became confused and thought we landed on the road south of Round Pond. So we banged a left and started going up which was odd. We took our lunch break and looking at Dave's GPS realized we were on the road north of Round Pond leading to Nottingham Road! We also ran into a couple heading the opposite direction whom reassured our location. Realizing the mistake we did a 180 and headed back. Thankfully did not add much more mileage to the hike.  

We took a brief break at Round Pond at a place where Jon and I like to sunbathe and swim in the summer. We then followed the South Ridge Trail to the South Summit and the fire tower. We then descended to Tower Road (junction #6) where we had spotted my truck. I took the drivers back to our starting point who returned to pick up the rest of the group.

Both north and south peaks have great ridgelines. The leaves were pretty much off the trees so they got views "through" the trees. A great day to be in the woods. (First two photos below do not enlarge!)

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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • Great hike as always, Mike and Jon! Thanks! - shep5

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