Mount Kearsarge

Wilmot, New Hampshire

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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.

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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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wilmot
Distance: 2.9
Elevation Gain: 1,117 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Local Contacts: Mount Kearsarge State Forest
Local Maps: USGS Andover Quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Kearsarge

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May 2018