Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Kearsarge North

On Friday under partly sunny skies we climbed Kearsarge North off Hurricane Mountain Road in Jackson, NH. Although a popular hike, only a handful of other hiking parties were on the trail Friday afternoon. The 3,268' summit offers 360 degree views, considered one of the best in the White Mountains.

A fire tower still stands on the summit, although it is now used only as a viewing platform by hikers. The Forest Service recently replaced some of the wooden support posts and beams.
The 6.2-mile roundtrip hike takes about four hours. The trail passes through a variety of habitats: hardwood-pine forest, hemlock forest, rocky ledges with red and white pine, spruce-fir forest, and alpine community.
The distant views were a bit hazy from the top, although the contrast between the dark green evergreens and the colorful hardwoods was dramatic up close and afar.
While Kodi chased a chipmunk looking for a crumb around a bush, we enjoyed a sandwich and the views.
We spent three days in the mountains, staying at a friend's bungalow on the southern slope of South Doublehead. This afforded a grand view of Kearsarge North across the meadow and through the garden gate.


2 comments:

  1. Your report and photos do a fantastic job of capturing the essence and the beauty of this hike!

    Also, I want to mention that I really like the layout that you used for your photo groupings.

    And, I must also add that your last photo of Kearsarge North as viewed through the garden gate is quite striking!

    John

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  2. Hi John,

    Thanks much for your comments. We so enjoyed seeing North Kearsarge from our friend's place especially after we had just climbed it. I'm a little jealous of the spot they have, with this daily view and so close to great hiking. Their garden looked great too -- still no hard frost.

    Ellen

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