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Mount Kearsarge Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Lisa Densmore, Hiking the White Mountains (Falcon Guides).
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