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Mount Kearsarge North Trail

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 4.8 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is a rewarding less-than-full-day hike with a jaw-dropping 360-degree view from the fire tower at the top.


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Map Key

5.8

Miles

9.4

KM

Out and Back

3,221' 982 m

High

734' 224 m

Low

2,485' 757 m

Up

2,487' 758 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

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Features River/Creek · Views

Overview

A wonderful hike to great views of the valley including White Horse Ledge in North Conway. Bring some binoculars and maybe you'll be able to spot some rock climbers on the wall.

Need to Know

Ice in the springtime can be challenging to navigate. Plan that you might need to spend more than half your time hiking the top third because of this, especially on the way down.

Description

Great viewpoints start appearing about two-thirds of the way up, with the ultimate view at the top of the peak.

It may take the good part of a day to hike up to the top and back, but you should have enough time for a good, long lunch break with a beautiful view at the top if you leave early enough.

The trail is well-marked (with yellow markers) until the last 0.5 miles or so.

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Merrill

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  4.8 from 4 votes

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Kearsarge Fire Tower
May 6, 2018 near North C…, NH
View from the peak at the Kearsarge fire tower
May 6, 2018 near North C…, NH
Toward the top of the trail, ferns, lichen, and mushrooms become more prevalent as it is more damp up there.
Sep 29, 2018 near North C…, NH
The fire tower at the top of Mount Kearsarge.  You can sleep here if you are overnighting, or just use it as a space place to escape the wind.
Sep 29, 2018 near North C…, NH
Birch trees can be seen shedding along the side of the trail.
Sep 29, 2018 near North C…, NH
The trail crosses solid rock for a while, with blazes painted on the rock to show the way.
Sep 29, 2018 near North C…, NH

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Aug 16, 2020
W F
Aug 8, 2020
Mike Bolduc
Jul 9, 2020
Ethan Gingerich
Jun 26, 2020
David Perkins
Sep 21, 2019
Evan Maidment
5.8mi
Aug 14, 2019
Bill Norton
Feb 27, 2019
Jason Munson
Great snowy day, at 14F.
Feb 18, 2017
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