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carla
06-05-2014, 12:38 PM
Hi gang--I know some of you will have an opinion (ahem!). I have 3 hours to hike near Campton NH. Can you recommend some hikes that aren't super long, but still offer a workout of sorts? For reference, I hike about 2 miles an hour. I wouldn't want to drive more than 30 mins from Campton in any direction. Doesn't have to be to a peak, just something nice, scenic, etc.

Sounds like an old-time math problem: If Carla hikes 2 mph, and has 3-4 hours to hike within a 30 minute drive radius from Campton, NH, where should she go?

Thanks for suggestions!

--Carla

Barkingcat
06-05-2014, 01:09 PM
Options (and I can provide more detail, if you're interested) whose trailheads are all easily within a half-hour drive of Campton (assuming the exit off of I-93):

1. any of the trails up Sandwich Dome from the Route 49 side;
2. Carr Mountain Trail, Three Ponds Trail, or Mt. Kineo Trail (from Stinson Lake Road); or
3. even the Welch-Dickey loop.

There are a few others, too...

TJsName
06-05-2014, 01:19 PM
Hi gang--I know some of you will have an opinion (ahem!). I have 3 hours to hike near Campton NH. Can you recommend some hikes that aren't super long, but still offer a workout of sorts? For reference, I hike about 2 miles an hour. I wouldn't want to drive more than 30 mins from Campton in any direction. Doesn't have to be to a peak, just something nice, scenic, etc.

Sounds like an old-time math problem: If Carla hikes 2 mph, and has 3-4 hours to hike within a 30 minute drive radius from Campton, NH, where should she go?

Thanks for suggestions!

--Carla

That leaves tons of options for a 6ish mile hike in the area. If you've never done it, I would suggest checking out Fletcher Cascade. It's a nice hike in, and the falls are pretty nice. If you're looking for something a bit more challenging, then you could hit up Noon Peak on Sandwhich Dome. You can loop it with Drakes Brook.

If you have a car capable of handling Sandwhich Notch road, you could go hit up Mt. Israel. :)

carla
06-05-2014, 04:59 PM
I will check some of these out on my maps. I've hiked a lot in the Sandwich wilderness area (including the peaks), but not seen Fletcher Cascade. And I've done Welsh Dickey and Carr, but will look into Three Ponds and Mt. Kineo. Would love to do something new/different. Thank you!

Mike P.
06-05-2014, 05:18 PM
Is Greeley Ponds Trail open from the Waterville side? Several small trails off Greeley Ponds to views and points of interest. Are the SLA trails within the 1/2 hour driving area.

Mike Z
06-05-2014, 05:19 PM
I like the math problem. Are we getting graded on the answer?

dug
06-05-2014, 10:07 PM
Another vote for Three Ponds

Barkingcat
06-06-2014, 10:33 AM
Another vote for Three Ponds

Yes -- and it can be made into an easy loop hike, and you'll most likely find some solitude there, as well. Great trail.

TJsName
06-06-2014, 05:22 PM
Is Greeley Ponds Trail open from the Waterville side? Several small trails off Greeley Ponds to views and points of interest. Are the SLA trails within the 1/2 hour driving area.

AFAIK that work isn't going to be completed until mid summer, but someone may have more details.

rocket21
06-08-2014, 07:08 AM
Fisher Mountain (next peak over from Dickey) and Holderness Mt. Prospect are two more decent, shorter peaks in the area.

RollingRock
06-08-2014, 10:16 AM
All good suggestions and I would add Jennings Peak going up the Sandwich Mountain Trail and down Drake's Brook. There are some good views southwest from it's sunny ledge.

sierra
06-08-2014, 11:45 AM
Goodrich Rock is really cool. . Jennings Peak is very nice. Tecumseh can be done in 4hrs or less and I like that peak alot.

carla
06-08-2014, 04:23 PM
Hi gang-- I ended up doing the 5 mile Three Ponds loop. 2.25 hours. Perfect for the amount of time I had. Really lovely area--I need to find some resources to learn more about that area. Presumably old logging work hence the roads? Friendly hikers on the trail. Lots of muddy spots. Bugs--brutal. Note to self, do NOT forget the Deet!

--Carla

Amicus
06-08-2014, 06:15 PM
I need to find some resources to learn more about that area.

--Carla

This is belated, but get the WVAIA's excellent trail map for all the Waterville Valley hiking and XC trails - much more detailed than the the AMC map. You can get it at that real estate office on the north side of the road just as you enter Waterville Valley Village and resort. They also carry it at the bookstore in the Village, but charge a buck more.