Mount Kearsarge

28 07 2012

    • Location: Rollins State Park, Warner, NH
    • Owner: State of New Hampshire
    • Highlights: A rather steep, but short hike from the Rollins State Park parking lot at the top of the auto road to a fantastic 360 degree vista that includes Lake Sunapee and Mount Monadnock.
    • Description: In addition to fantastic views, the summit features glacial striations, grooves carved in the rock formed by glaciers more than 25,000 years ago. The summit has been bald since a 1796 forest fire. The views, on a clear day, can include Boston and the Atlantic Ocean, although neither were visible on this day. (Source: “History of Mount Kearsarge,” (PDF) Rollins State Park website)
    • Directions (from Boston): 88.7 miles, 1 hour 48 minutes
    • There is a $4 per adult, $2 per child (6-11 years old) fee. Children 5 and under and New Hampshire residents 65 and older are free.
    • The Trail:1 mile, round trip
      1. From the parking lot, follow the signs to the picnic area and Rollins Trail.
      2. Continue past the picnic area where Rollins Trail quickly becomes rocky and steeper.
      3. After a particularly steep section, the trail turns left at an overlook.
      4. It eventually emerges on the open summit, after a steep climb up a large slab of rock.
    • A trail map (PDF) is available on the New Hampshire State Parks website.



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