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Mt. Crag

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2.3 mile 3.7 kilometer out and back
71% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 640' 195 m
Descent: -640' -195 m
High: 1,413' 431 m
Low: 773' 236 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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A small mountain with a big attitude and bigger views from the summit ledge.

Charles Danforth

Features Cave · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildlife

Overview

The Androscoggin Valley is bounded by the larger peaks. This is a smaller peak, lower and closer to the river. It's a great day hike for small kids or a nice time-trial for visiting ultrarunners. The fastest known time for the ascent is 13:26. Go to it!

Description

From the trailhead along Shelburne's North Road, run an easy 0.3 miles along the Austin Mill Brook Road to the junction with the Yellow Trail. From here, your warm-up is over! The trail climbs through pine and beech forest getting increasingly steep with roots and rocks until you emerge on the summit ledges. Views of Shelburne, the Androscoggin Valley, and northern Presidentials greet you.

This is a great time-trial for those who think they've got pretty good mountain running skills, or an even better challenging run for children from ages 2-10. The views at the top are a great reward. About 0.1 miles past the junction on the Yellow Trail is a set of huge boulders which are very fun to explore.

Flora & Fauna

Lichen and ferns abound.

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View west from the summit of Mt. Crag showing Mt. Madison, Adams, and Jefferson as well as the Androscoggin River.
Jun 6, 2019 near Gorham, NH
Shelburne and the Androscoggin River from the summit Ledges
Jun 6, 2019 near Gorham, NH
Panoramic views abound from the top of Mt. Crag.
Jun 14, 2019 near Gorham, NH
View from Mount Crag summit.
Jun 15, 2019 near Gorham, NH

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