Mount Pawtuckaway - North Peak

Deerfield, New Hampshire

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6 Reviews
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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.
Discover Southern New Hampshire

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Discover Southern New Hampshire

by Jerry & Marcy Monkman (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

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.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Deerfield
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Pawtuckaway State Park
Local Maps: USGS Mount Pawtuckaway
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Pawtuckaway - North Peak

Recent Trail Reviews

9/5/2010
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This was an okay trail. I think we parked at the wrong site, then spent most of our time walking on a dirt road rather than in the woods. The boulders were neat, but I think the description of this trail out-did the reality of it.


8/27/2007
0

Great hike, beautiful mix of pond, forest and summit! The blaze is aweful however, so be sure to bring the trail description with you or you will surely get lost. Also, the dirt road to the trail head is at 167 Nottingham rd. Overall, the trip was beautiful, but it could use a little TLC.


5/12/2007
0

The trails were very confusing, and not marked properly.


9/19/2005
0

The ascent to the peak "behind the communications tower" is a bit confusing - not clear where trail leads - looks carefully around and don't descent - this will take you off the trail.


6/27/2005
0

Good trail. Great views. Definitely not over traveled... in fact apart from people bouldering on the many large granite rocks at the beginning of the hike you probably won't see anyone. Trails can get confusing so pay attention.



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