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Mount Kearsarge North Trail

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Trail

5.8 mile 9.4 kilometer out and back
60% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,485' 757 m
Descent: -2,487' -758 m
High: 3,221' 982 m
Low: 734' 224 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)

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Trail shared by Nick Merrill

This is a rewarding less-than-full-day run with a jaw-dropping 360-degree view from the fire tower at the top.

Nick Merrill

Features River/Creek · Views

Overview

A wonderful run to great views of the valley including White Horse Ledge in North Conway. Bring some binoculars and maybe you'll be able to spot some rock climbers on the wall.

Need to Know

Ice in the springtime can be challenging to navigate. Plan that you might need to spend more than half your time running the top third because of this, especially on the way down.

Runner Notes

Ice can be found in springtime on the upper third of the trail.

Description

Great viewpoints start appearing about two-thirds of the way up, with the ultimate view at the top of the peak.

It may take the good part of a day to run up to the top and back, but you should have enough time for a good, long lunch break with a beautiful view at the top if you leave early enough.

The trail is well-marked (with yellow markers) until the last 0.5 miles or so.

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Kearsarge Fire Tower
May 6, 2018 near North C…, NH
View from the peak at the Kearsarge fire tower
May 6, 2018 near North C…, NH
Toward the top of the trail, ferns, lichen, and mushrooms become more prevalent as it is more damp up there.
Sep 29, 2018 near North C…, NH
The fire tower at the top of Mount Kearsarge.  You can sleep here if you are overnighting, or just use it as a space place to escape the wind.
Sep 29, 2018 near North C…, NH
Birch trees can be seen shedding along the side of the trail.
Sep 29, 2018 near North C…, NH
The trail crosses solid rock for a while, with blazes painted on the rock to show the way.
Sep 29, 2018 near North C…, NH

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