Bushwhacks

Bushwhacking Eagle Cliff and Downing Mountain

Bushwhacking Eagle Cliff and Downing Mountain

Eagle Cliff and Downing Mountain are two New Hampshire 500 Highest peaks located near Stinson Lake outside of Rumney, NH. They’re in a section of the White Mountain National Forest that doesn’t have many maintained trails, so they’re seldom visited. Snowmobiling is popular in this area, however, and there is …

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Bushwhacking Towns Mountain and Mt Misery

Towns Mountain and Mt Misery

Towns Mountain and Mt Misery are located north of Littleton, NH, within spitting distance of the New Hampshire and Vermont border. They’re both on the New Hampshire 500 Highest peak list that my friend Ken and I are working through. This being winter, we’re picking off the peaks that are …

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Bushwhacking Garnet Mountain and Lewis Hill

Garnet Mountain and Lewis Hill

Garnet Mountain and Lewis Hill are two trailless mountains just outside the quaint town of Bethlehem, NH. Both are on the New Hampshire 500 Highest peak list that my friend Ken and I are working through. As he says, “There are 2000 mountains in New Hampshire. Why would you climb …

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Bushwhacking the Daltons

Bushwhacking the Daltons

Dalton Mountain is located north of Littleton, NH, quite close to the New Hampshire and Vermont Border. It has two summits on the NH500 list: Dalton Mountain NE and Dalton Mountain, the main peak, about 1.2 miles to the south.  My friend Ken and I bushwhacked both in about 4″ …

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Bushwhacking Sugar and Jericho Mountains

Bushwhacking Sugar and Jericho Mountains

Sugar Mountain and Jericho Mountain are located in Jericho Mountain State Park, just outside Berlin, NH (pronounced Ber’-lin), the “City that Trees Built.” While it’s just a short distance from Mt Washington, Berlin has a “border outpost” feeling to it. It’s also the southern hub for logging, ATV, and snowmobile …

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Bushwhacking Mount Cushman

Bushwhacking Mt Cushman

Mount Cushman is a 3220′ mountain on the New Hampshire 200 Highest List. It’s a trailless mountain so you have to bushwhack to climb it. It’s located just south of Mt Moosilauke on the edge of the Hubbard Experimental Forest, which is one of the wilder and less-visited parts of …

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Bushwhacking Dinsmore Mountain

Bushwhacking Dinsmore Mountain

Dinsmore Mountain is adjacent to Mt Israel in the Sandwich Range. It’s a trail-less peak, so you have to bushwhack to the summit. Dinsmore is on the NH500 highest peaks list which I’ve started working on. I hiked this mountain with my friend Ken, who is also working through the …

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Bushwhacking West Moat Mountain and Spruce Hill

Bushwhacking West Moat Mtn and Spruce Hill

West Moat Mountain and Spruce Hill are two peaks on the NH500 Highest List. They’re located near Conway, NH near the Boulder Loop Trail. Both are trailless peaks, so you have to bushwhack them. West Moat is located in a wild section of the National Forest that is seldom hiked because …

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Bushwhacking West Hitchcock Mountain

Bushwhacking West Hitchcock Mountain

The Hitchcocks are a cluster of five mountains in the White Mountain National Forest just outside of Lincoln, NH. They’re all on the New Hampshire 100 highest list (and the NH500 Highest list I’m currently working on) and none of them have trails, so you have to bushwhack to the …

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Bushwhacking Mt Oscar

Bushwhacking Mt. Oscar NH

If you hike in the White Mountains, you’ve probably driven by Mt Oscar a million times without knowing its name. It the northernmost peak at the Bretton Woods Ski Resort (they call it West Mountain), adjacent to Mt Rosebrook, which is the middle peak. Oscar is also popular with rock …

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Bushwhacking Northeast Paugus

Bushwhacking NE Paugus

Northeast Paugus is a mountain located off the Bolles Trail, near Mt Chocorua. Actually, it’s a knobby sub-peak of Mt Paugus, but well worth a climb of its own with a jaw-dropping view of Mt Chocorua and the Sisters Ridgeline from its east-facing summit ledges. A trailless peak, this is …

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Bushwhacking South Engine Hill

Bushwhacking South Engine Hill

South Engine Hill (3244′) is a trail-less mountain on the New Hampshire 200 highest list that’s located off the Rocky Branch Trail outside of Jackson, NH. Climbing it requires hiking up the Rocky Branch Trail from Rt 16, a distance of 2.6 miles with 1800′ of elevation gain before you …

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Bushwhacking Bartlett Haystack Mountain

Bushwhacking Bartlett Haystack Mountain

I’ve had Bartlett Haystack Mountain on my radar for a few years, but never made the time to go climb it. It’s a trail-less peak off Bear Notch Rd, which is closed in winter, usually from November thru May or June. With Autumn in full swing and fishing season over …

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Hiking the Skull Cairn Trail on Mt Chocorua

Hiking the Skull Cairn Trail

The White Mountain National Forest is riddled with decommissioned hiking trails, old logging roads, railroad spurs, and logging camps enough to keep anyone with a thirst for history and hiking off the beaten path satisfied for years to come. The Skull Cairn Trail is one such “lost trail,” as they’re …

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