Mount Kearsarge

Wilmot, New Hampshire 03287

Mount Kearsarge

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"A short hike up this craggy little summit offers commanding views of the Connecticut River Valley, Mount Monadnock, Green Mountains, and, on clear days, Boston! Small, mighty, wild-feeling Mount Kearsarge’s bare, windswept summit offers some of the finest views in southern New Hampshire.

This 2.75-mile loop has a steep 1.0-mile ascent that can be challenging but doable for small kids and a gradual 1.75-mile descent. If you have a choice, always ascend steep sections
and descend gradual sections, as it is easier on your body and safer as well. The kids will thank you!"

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Hiking the White Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Lisa Densmore
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"A scenic loop to a bald summit and a fire tower, then a descent among subalpine flora with sustained views across the Connecticut River Valley. hero of the Civil War, who commanded the USS Kearsarge. The USS Kearsarge was constructed of lumber from trees. This hike takes you to a bald summit and one of the last working fire towers in the northeastern United States. The first Europeans to see Mount Kearsarge were likely members of an expedition led by Governor Endicott of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1652, who were looking for the source of the Merrimack River. Their map referred to the mountain as “Carasarga,” or “notch-pointed mountain of pines” in the Native American language from which it was derived. The spelling “Kearsarge” first appeared in 1816 on a map of Merrimack County." Read more

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The trail was still surprisingly icy which made for a more difficult climb than it should have been. The views from the summit however more than made up for it. On a beautiful Thursday in April I passed 6 other hikers on the trail
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What a beautiful trail to a spectacular summit. My suggestion would be to visit this summit on an off day. I climbed it on a Wednesday. I had the summit just about to myself. It can get a bit crowded at the top because of it's wild view. Do not pass this one up. If this trail is too hard for you, take the trail from Rollins State Park. It's a lot shorter, but you still get to the same summit. ENJOY!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Gates open 8 a.m.–6 p.m., seasonally
1,890 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,890 feet
Top Elevation
Additional Use
603-526-6168, winslow-state-park.aspx
Local Contacts
USGS Andover quad; Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide, Mount Kearsarge (AMC)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018