Rockingham County Highpoint Trip Report

three areas on Nottingham Mtn (1,340+ ft)

Date: June 21, 1997
Author: Fred Lobdell

Nottingham Mountain is on the Merrimack County line. The topographic map shows no road or trail going to the summit, but there is supposed to be a rough road or trail that comes in from the south- southwest. The route given here begins in Epsom Town Forest in Merrimack County and approaches from the north-northwest. This is a round trip hike of about 4 miles with an elevation gain of just under 600 feet.

From the junction of US 202 with NH 9, 4 & 107 just west of Northwood Lake, go southeast on NH 107 for 1.1 miles. Turn right (west) on Center Hill Rd. for 1.4 miles to the second paved road (Mountain Rd.) on the left. Turn left (south) and go 0.6 miles to a fork. Take the left fork a few hundred feet to a gate. If the gate is open, you can go another couple of hundred feet to a sizable parking area on the left. An ordinary passenger car needs to be parked here, although a 4-wheel drive, high clearance can go considerably further.

From the parking area, hike generally south-southeast along the road, descending gently to cross a brook. From there the road ascends gently and undulates up and down for more than a half mile until a fork of two "good" roads is reached. Take the left fork, which climbs gently, then more steeply, as it runs southeast, then east, and climbs to the saddle between hill 1191 and Nottingham Mountain. The road continues to the summit of hill 1191, which is marked by several small cairns.

For Nottingham, bushwhack due south from the saddle, climbing moderately steeply until emerging onto the gently sloping summit area. Turn toward the southeast to reach the two small 1,340-ft contours, and continue in the same direction to reach a larger rocky area that is probably the true summit. Here you will find a stone chimney and several rocky outcrops. Visit all that seem likely to be the actual summit. Return the same way.