Cherry Mt. [Mt. Martha & Owl's Head]Hike
Hiking/Walk DATE: 11/22/2014 - 11/22/2014
Trip/Event Location: Twin Mountain, NH
Max # People: 15
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous
The open ledges of Owl's Head are home to perhaps the best view anywhere of the entire Presidential Range!
Cherry Mountain [3573'] and Owl's Head [3258'] are just 0.8 mile apart on...
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.
All members of the group were at the trailhead for 11AM! We geared up and immediately began a moderate ascent up to the T junction. It was pretty windy and cold there so we put on extra layers to make our way to the Mt. Martha overlook.
We were greeted with an expansive view of the snowcapped Presidential Range! A couple hikers meandered by and took a group shot…one of them was Mike’s boss. We then walked on the Martha’s Mile Trail making our way to Owl’s Head.
We decided to have lunch in a wind protected glade. We left our packs and 10 minutes later we were on the summit of Owl’s Head. We discovered the best views of the day where an open granite ledge offered a sweeping panorama! In one extraordinary glance, you can scan a mountainous scene that extends from Mt. Madison all the way over to the Crawford Notch.
We retraced our steps back to Mt. Martha while the sun came out and illuminated the Presidentials with ribbon like clouds over the summits! Of course we had to take more pictures and revel in the view once more before we headed back to our cars which were an hour away.
All in all, Cherry Mountain trail is lightly travelled but offers all-encompassing views of the Presidential Range. Is highly recommended for a half-day hike. Put it on your to-do list. You will be very pleased that you checked out Cherry Mountain!
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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event
- That was a perfect warm up hike for the winter. Who would have known Martha would be that beautiful:). It was nice to see you all and thank you Jon and Mike for leading another handsome hike. By look ing at the pictures, I am thinking, how would have named these mountains other than "White Mountains". They are just perfect white mountains :) - liketodo