Ascent of Stewarts Peak on 2018-11-18

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, November 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stewarts Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1840 ft / 560 m

Ascent Trip Report

Another late afternoon hike to a southern NH fire tower peak. The yellow trail was a quick, steep ascent route and we enjoyed some no-leaves-only views of Pats Peak and Crotched Mountain. Here are some quick directions to help you find this route, which is not well-documented online.

From the junction of Rt. 114 and Rt. 103, drive east on Rt. 103 for 1.6 miles, then take a right onto Melvin Mills Road, which parallels the main road. Go half a mile, then, following the vertical post street signs, turn right onto Melvin Road. Cross the bridge over the Warner River, and turn left to stay on Melvin Road. Drive 0.8 miles on the steep, winding road to a fork, then take the left onto Newmarket Road. Drive another 0.8 miles, then take a sharp right on a downhill section onto Horne Street. This road soon turns to dirt and becomes steep. Drive 1.5 miles up to the end of the road. Shortly after passing a snowmobile trail on the left, you will see a small parking spot on the left, next to a stand of mailboxes and across from a house. The yellow trail enters the woods on the same side as the parking area just a few feet up the road. The trail does not appear to receive much use and has some blowdowns, but is extremely well blazed. It runs flat into the forest for about 0.2 miles, dropping to cross a small brook. Then, it climbs a steep pitch and soon joins a blue-blazed boundary line, which becomes a stone wall. The trail climbs steeply and reaches a stone wall junction at 0.35 miles, at which point it crosses one of the walls and turns directly toward the summit. It quickly becomes even steeper, climbing into a dark conifer forest. The trail eases in grade near the top, reaching the high point at 0.65 miles. Here, the red trail comes in from the left (I do not know where it starts, but it looks like it traverses some of the Mink Hills ridge). The summit is marked with a large cairn with a tall wooden post. On our visit, we noticed a blue wire sticking out of the ground, but we do not know if this was from the fire tower.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:666 ft / 202 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:yellow trail
    Trailhead:Horne Road  1174 ft / 357 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Overcast
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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