Ascent of Turtleback Mountain on 2011-05-14

Climber: Karen Lemieux

Others in Party:4 Seasons
Date:Saturday, May 14, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Turtleback Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2203 ft / 671 m

Ascent Trip Report

Let's bag 2 peaks in the Ossipee Mountain: Turtleback Mountain (2200') and Bald Knob (1801').

This will be an intermediate hike of about 8 miles.

We will beginn at the hiker's parking lot on Ossipee Park Road. From the Lower Trails Kiosk, we'll take the Turtle Back Mountain Trail (3.2m) to the Turtle Back Summit Trail (0.5m). After enjoying the views, we'll backtrack to the Bald Knob Trail (1.3m). We'll follow the Bald Knob Trail to the summit (0.7m). After the photo op and snack, We'll take the Bald Knob trail down to the Bald Knob Cutoff to the Shannon Brook Trail (1.4m) We'll follow the Shannon Brook Trail back to the trails kiosk (1.0m).

There is an option to follow the Brook Walk off of Shannon Brook Trail back to the Kiosk. It offers a lovely nature walk along the cascades and rock formations. It would add about .75m and is more strenous.

Apres hike options: Town Docks Restaurant in Meredith or Hart's Turkey Farm.

7:00am Exit 2 (Salem) park n ride
7:45am Hannaford in Concord (Exit 14 off I-93)
9:00 TRAILHEAD: Small Hiker Parking area on Ossipee Park Rd

Directions to Trailhead:
From I-93 North, take Exit 23 onto Rte 104 East towards Meredith, bear left onto Rte 3 briefly. In Meredith take a right onto Rte 25/Whittier Hwy. Follow Rte 25 to Moultonborough, then take a right onto Rte 109. After about 2 miles, continue going straight ahead/bear left onto Rte 171. Very shortly after that, take a left onto Ossipee Park Road . (There will be a sign for "CG Roxane Water Bottling Plant".) The small hiker parking lot is located about 1 mile up the road, just after the stone gatehouse, on the right.

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