Merrimack County High Point Trip Report

Date: May 2002
Author: Mohamed Ellozy

In his Cumberland County High Point Trip Report Roy Schweiker writes: With all the speed record discussion lately, I decided to create a new category, Longest Reasonable Ascent that involves the longest ascent without crossing drivable roads, taking same path more than once, etc.

In the same spirit, I am presenting a report of a long, and very agreeable, spring hike up Mount Kearsarge by the Lincoln Trail. For a full description of the trail see the AMC Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide.

Take exit 10 off Rt 89, then take a right (southeast) on North Road. After a short distance (0.5 to 1.0 mile) take a left (north) on Kearsarge Valley Road. After about half a mile there is a parking area (small) on the east side of the road. There is a well marked trail (white blazes) to the parking area at the Rollins State Park, from which there are two routes (one steep, one much easier) to the summit.

Round trip is 9.2 miles with 2,100 feet of elevation gain, substantially more than by the standard routes, but I consider this a feature, not a bug!

Other Routes

The AMC Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide describes two other approaches: