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Mount Roberts

Maine Hiker's Journal

Season 3 (2015) 

Chapter 15: Mount Roberts

 

In 2015, I did not hike alone for the first time since I became a hiker. My niece, Katie, moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and we hiked many times on mighty Mount Agamenticus, once in New Hampshire, and twice in Maine, on Mount Peary and Cadillac Mountain (in Acadia National Park). This is the story of our hike in New Hampshire.

On a particularly beautiful June day, we set out for Mount Roberts in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. The idea was for Katie and me to tackle one of New Hampshire’s 52 with a View, a collection of trails characterized by being under 4,000 feet in elevation (in this case 2,528 feet), but still challenging (5 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of 1,313 feet), and more importantly having beautiful vistas either at the trailhead, on the trail itself, or at the summit.

After a nice ride through a region of many small lakes between my home town of Sanford, Maine and our destination, which was just beyond the entrance to the Castle in the Clouds, a landmark in this part of southern New Hampshire, we turned right and climbed the access road to the trailhead. We found ourselves opposite a small horse farm in one direction and the back entrance to the Castle in the Clouds in the other. Behind us was a clear view of Lake Winnipesaukee, which at over 20 miles in length is the largest lake in the state.

We walked through the horses to the find the trail, which started gently on an old road, turned right and began to climb moderately. At about the 1-mile mark, we turned left off the trial to explore what promised to be a nice view of the lake. It turned out to be much more than that, as the view was panoramic and breathtaking. Inspired by this amazing vista, we returned to the trail, turned left and proceeded up the ridge from one scenic view to the next. The promise of 52 with a View was definitely fulfilled for us on this wonderful day. [Check out the photos in the slideshow below to enjoy the spectacular views along this beautiful ridge trail. To move from one slide to the next, just click the directional arrow on the side of the picture.] 

Once again, after a long winter of hiking in Saint Augustine, Florida, where a sign near our storage area proudly proclaims that the highest elevation in the city is 32 feet above sea level, I was back on the trail, and loving it! Needless to say, I was more than ready for my next adventure, which would be another hike on the AT in Baxter State Park, and a continuation of my search for the heretofore elusive Maine moose.

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