Pierce Reservation

Stoddard New Hampshire Hikes

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A hike on trails and old woods roads to a secluded pond and excellent views from Bacon Ledge. The society for the protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) played a key role in the creation of the White Mountain National Forest in the early twentieth century, and it continues to protect land throughout the state today. It currently holds conservation easements on 68,000 acres of land, and owns more than 32,000 acres in SPNHF preserves. Almost 3,500 acres in size, the Pierce Reservation in Stoddard is the SPNHF’s largest preserve, and it makes a great place to spend the day hiking and soaking in the views from Bacon Ledge.
Discover Southern New Hampshire

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Discover Southern New Hampshire

by Jerry & Marcy Monkman (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

A hike on trails and old woods roads to a secluded pond and excellent views from Bacon Ledge. The society for the protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) played a key role in the creation of the White Mountain National Forest in the early twentieth century, and it continues to protect land throughout the state today. It currently holds conservation easements on 68,000 acres of land, and owns more than 32,000 acres in SPNHF preserves. Almost 3,500 acres in size, the Pierce Reservation in Stoddard is the SPNHF’s largest preserve, and it makes a great place to spend the day hiking and soaking in the views from Bacon Ledge.

©   Jerry & Marcy Monkman/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stoddard
Length: 6.4
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS Stoddard
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Recent Trail Reviews

3/22/2012

we last hiked this loop about 10 years ago and it has really changed. We started on the Old Antrim Rd. trailhead. The trail has seen very little use and is difficult to follow in spots with barely visible blazes. As such, we never even went over Bacon Ledge (never saw any yellow triangles, just rectangular yellow blazes....so not so sure we ever even found the correct trail). Nonetheless it was an enjoyable hike. Trout Pond is gorgeous, although it was sad to see the expansive clearcut area with huge boulder piles - looks like they might be planning a wind farm? Amazing views from this hilltop, though. Never did see the old Adirondack-style camp we saw on our first hike here. Not sure if it is still there or not. Trail definitely needs maintenance and updated signage.

10/28/2007

A lot of clear cut logging has happened on the slopes by Trout Pond, and in other areas along the trail. As a result, the trail is more a in-use logging road. We didn't get past the pond that day. The view of the pond and hills in the distance is spectacular.

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