Hedgehog Mountain

15 04 2017

NH - Deering - Hedgehog Mountain

  • Location: Hedgehog Mountain Forest, Deering, New Hampshire
  • Owner: Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests
  • Highlights: Nice view to the west
  • Description: This hike brings people to an overlook on Hedgehog Mountain that features expansive views to the west. Hikers can see Croteched Mountain, Hawthorne Feather Airpark and other sights.
  • Directions (from Boston): 89.8 miles, 1 hour 33 minutes
  • The Trail: 1.5 miles, round trip
    1. From the parking lot, continue on Hedgehog Mountain Road.
    2. Turn off the wide dirt road at a blue sign directing hikers to the left.
    3. Follow this trail and turn right shortly before the overlook.
    4. Return to the parking lot following the same trail.
  • A trail map is available here (PDF).

Bald Ledge

24 09 2016

NH - New Hampton - Bald Ledge

    • Location: New Hampton, New Hampshire
    • Highlights: A directional view of lakes, hills and mountains.
    • Description: This hike in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region leads from Sky Pond Road to Bald Ledge, a cliff above Winona Lake. From the cliff, Winona Lake, Lake Waukewan and Hawkins Pond are visible along with many nearby and further away hills/mountains
    • Directions (from Boston): 105 miles, 1 hour 51 minutes
    • The Trail: 1.6 miles, round trip
      1. The trail begins at the end of Sky Pond Road. Parking is available in the nearby lot by Sky Pond.
      2. The trail turns left by a gate and travels beyond the gate.
      3. Turn right at a sign for Bald Ledge and follow the path to the cliff.
      4. Return via the same route.

Roger Myrick Outlook

4 10 2015


    • Location: Sharon, New Hampshire
    • Highlights: A directional view of the nearby countryside.
    • Description: Roger Myrick Outlook is a nice outlook just off the Wapack Trail. There are more views if one continues further along the Wapack Trail.
    • Directions (from Boston): 65.9 miles, 1 hour 38 minutes
    • The Trail: 0.68 miles, round trip
      1. From the parking area on Temple Road, cross the street.
      2. Follow the Wapack Trail uphill.
      3. At the sign for the outlook, look for the nearby ledge overlook.
      4. Return along the same route.

Mount Livermore

15 09 2015

NH - Holderness -  Mount Livermore

    • Location: Holderness, New Hampshire
    • Highlights: Nice views of Squam Lake and Red Hill.
    • Description: Mount Livermore is a fantastic hike on easily followed trails, beginning at the end of Mountain Road. According to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust‘s website, the summit is within the trust’s 2,471-acre Burleigh Squam Range conservation easement.
    • Directions (from Boston): 112 miles, 1 hour 47 minutes
    • The Trail: 2 miles, round trip
      1. From the parking area at the end of Mountain Road, take Old Mountain Road into the woods.
      2. Turn right onto Crawford-Ridgepole Trail, which leads to the summit
      3. Return on the same route back to the parking area.

Fort Mountain

6 04 2014

    • Location: Epsom, NH
    • Owner: Unknown
    • Description: A walk up an access road to a nice panoramic view. The road is somewhat steep in places as it switchbacks up the mountain.
    • Directions (from Boston): 70.6 miles, 1 hour 22 minutes
    • The Trail: 2.12 miles, round trip
      1. Park along the side of the dirt road and follow the road up the mountain.
      2. Return along the access road.

Locke’s Hill

19 09 2013

NH - Gilford - Locke's Hill

  • Location: Gilford, NH
  • Owner: Town of Gilford
  • Highlights: A loop hike to several fantastic viewpoints of Lake Winnipesaukee and surrounding scenery. One vista has stone chairs. There are interpretive signs along the trail.
  • Directions (from Boston): 103 miles, 1 hour 44 minutes
  • The Trail: 1.69 mile loop
  1. From the parking lot, follow the Quarry Trail straight ahead through a gate.
  2. Follow that trail as it meanders along a brook, climbs upward, and emerges beneath power lines at 1.07 miles.
  3. Head along the power line toward the lake.  You will quickly reach a sign for Lakeview Trail, which leaves to the right.
  4. Before taking this, just in the woods to the left of the power lines is an excellent overlook of Lake Winnipesaukee.
  5. Follow Lakeview Trail down the hill stopping at yet another view over the lake at 1.28 miles that contains a number of stone chairs.
  6. After taking in the final vista, continue down a series of switchbacks to the parking lot.

Signal Hill

4 08 2013

    • Location: Canton, Mass.
    • Owner: The Trustees of Reservations
    • Highlights: Short walk to a view of Great Blue Hill and the Boston skyline.
    • Description: The hill, located by an industrial park, once was a seasonal home for paleo-Americans. (Source: This Trustees of Reservations page about the hill)
    • Directions (from Boston): 20.2 miles, 29 minutes
    • The Trail: 0.5 miles, round trip
      1. In the parking lot, gaze up at the hill you will climb.
      2.  From the lot, follow the trail along a field and into the woods.
      3. At the junction, take the trail leading to the left, following the “Scenic Overlook” sign.
      4. It ascends uphill until quickly reaching the summit and view.
      5. Return on the same path.