An interesting boulder field, good wildlife habitat, and excellent views on one of the best hikes in southeastern New Hampshire. At a little more than 1,000 feet tall, Mount Pawtuckaway would receive little notice if it were in a place like the White Mountains, but in the relatively flat lands of southeastern New Hampshire, it stands tall above the surrounding woods and farms. There are actually three separate peaks on Pawtuckaway—North, Middle, and South—all the remnants of one of the last volcanic, mountain-building periods in New Hampshire, which took place around 130 million years ago.
This trip visits the North Peak, which is the tallest of the three and features excellent views from several open ledges. The hike also passes Round Pond, a couple of beaver ponds, and a unique boulder field that is popular with rock climbers. Part of Pawtuckaway State Park, Mount Pawtuckaway is near several other hikes, as well as good mountain biking, paddling, and camping.
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