Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail - Section 4 - Route 123 over Pitcher Mountain to Route 31

Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail - Section 4 - Route 123 over Pitcher Mountain to Route 31 near Washington, NH


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
10 miles
10hours
moderate
Snowshoeing, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Washington, NH
User xtremedoghiker

The Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail is 51 miles long and runs from Mount Monadnock north to Mount Sunapee. The trail was constructed by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the AMC and is currently maintained by The Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway Trail Club. The club has published a trail guide book and map - go to www.msgtc.org.

The trail crosses over a significant number of roads and over more than 80 private landowner's properties. Please be respectful of private property, Pack in - Pack out, and take only pictures. Because of the large number of road crossings this trail is perfect broken up into day hikes and there are 6 approved campsites along the trail so it's also perfect for a through hike. Take your pick and enjoy a small piece of southern New Hampshire.

Section Four ? Route 123 over Pitcher Mountain to Route 31

This section goes over the summit of Pitcher Mountain (2153?), through a huge blueberry barren, Andorra Forest, and the Peirce Wildlife and Forest Reservation.

There are two campsites on this section. There?s room for two tents at the Fox Brook Campsite which is just north of the Hubbard Hill summit. As the name implies, there is a small brook next to the tent sites. The second campsite, General Washington Campsite, is very close to Route 31 and is a log shelter. Pack In ? Pack Out. All water along the Greenway must be sterilized. No fires are allowed and no other camping is allowed on this section. Please respect the wishes of the landowners.

There are three trails ascending Picher Mountain from the parking lot. The Greenway is the trail to the right up the south side. You?ll pass the Fire Warden?s cabin and hit the summit in a half mile. There?s a fire tower here with nice views of Mount Monadnock to the south, the Pack Monadnocks to the southeast, Mount Kearsarge to the northeast, Lovewell Mountain to the north, Mount Sunapee to the northwest, and the Green Mountains, Mount Greylock, and the Taconics to the west.

Follow the posts and rocks with blazes over the summit of Pitcher Mountain. It?s easy to get turned around up here as the blueberry pickers have worn many paths weaving across the summit. After descending Pitcher Mountain, the trail turns to the right 20 yards before Hubbard Hill Road and parallels the road for a little ways before crossing it. The trail ascends a hill with a nice vista of Lovewell and Sunapee. As you come down this hill there is a zig-zag turn that is easy to miss. At the bottom of the hill the trail will go left and then immediately right and over a ledge that is marked with a cairn. You?ll drop down a bit further to Hubbard Road again and take a left. Follow the road for  mile and bear left at a fork. Pass a gate and enter the blueberry fields. Follow the blazes carefully as the blueberry pickers have worn in many side trails through here. And remember, the bears get first pick! As you descend off Hubbard Hill you pass through another gate. The landowners would like this gate kept closed please. The Fox Brook Campsite is less than  mile down the trail. There is a side trail to the right. The trail continues across Fox Brook and ascends Jackson Hill (2061?). Coming off the summit there are cairns on the bedrock and a nice beaver pond to your right when you descend. You pick up some old logging roads here and make a few turns before crossing Barney Brook and ascending up to junction with Old Kings Highway. Head north (left) on Old Kings Highway. Pass the Old Advent Church on your left. In a  mile take a right onto paved Faxon Hill Road. Climb the hill for about  mile and take a right onto a gravel driveway just before a clearing. The trail enters the woods a little ways up on the left. You go up and over Oak Hill (1950?) through a nice spruce forest section here. The trail goes through Barker?s Tree Farm, a sugar maple orchard, and an old quarry area. As you come to a stand of white pines, the General Washington Campsite is off to the right. There is room for about ten in the shelter. Please sign the register book. In 100 yards take a left on Symonds Lane. In less than  mile take a right on Faxon Hill Road and ascend up to the junction with Route 31 at the bandstand.

Directions:

Begin: The Route 123 crossing is at Pitcher Mountain parking lot. It is 4.5 miles north of the junction of Route 9 and Route 123 and it is 3.1 miles south of the junction of Route 123 and Route 10.

End: The Route 31 crossing is right at the Congregational Church on the common in Washington. There is a General Store 100 yards north on Route 31. Park behind the Town Hall.


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