Mount Kearsarge Trail

Wilmot, New Hampshire 03287

Mount Kearsarge Trail

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"There are actually two mountains called "Kearsarge" in New Hampshire, one in the town of Kearsarge near North Conway and the other in Wilmot near New London. The former is officially referred to as "Mount Kearsarge North." This hike climbs the latter, known simply as "Mount Kearsarge.”

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."

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Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"Believed to be named for a Native American word meaning “notch, pointed, mountain of pines,” Mount Kearsarge is more noteworthy for the treeless summit that a 1796 fire has left behind. Today the mountain provides a hiking destination where the whole family can enjoy a big-mountain experience with a fraction of the effort needed to scale similar-sized mountains. Although not as difficult as other hikes, the climb is hardly easy. The elevation gain is in excess of 1000 feet in a little over a mile—just enough to a feel a strong sense of accomplishment when enjoying the summit’s breathtaking views, whether you are four years old, seventy, or any age in between."

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This is a great hike for those traveling on interstate 89 and looking for a little break. Trail is about 15 minutes from the interstate exit. NOTE a mistake in "How to Get There": Turn LEFT (not right) on Kearsarge Mountain Road, which winds upward to the toll gate.

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Trail Information

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1,117 feet
Elevation Gain
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Skill Level
3 hours
Best spring through fall
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