is a very popular activity for visitors to the Magical Mountains
and Lakes Region Because of its unique location there are
hundreds of hiking and mountain trails throughout the area.
There are hikes for every ability and duration. Certainly there
is no better way to see our beautiful region than to climb to
the top of a nearby mountain and enjoy the view. Some of the
region's more popular hikes are outlined below.
A short 15-minute
hike to the top of this landmark in Fryeburg will reap hikers a
fine reward Atop the "cap," you'll enjoy a 360-degree
view. A range finder, erected in honor of Arctic explorer
Admiral Robert E. Peary will help you identify all the
surrounding peaks; over thirty can be seen! The trailhead is on
Route 302 approximately one mile from downtown Fryeburg. It's on
the left between the Jockey Cap Country Store and the Jockey Cap
Motel. Look for the archway over the trail with the sign, "Jockey
Located in the town
of Center Lovell this 3/4-hour, 1-mile round trip hike is a
pleasure during any season. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the
spectacular views from the ledges at the top. To reach the
trailhead, go north on Route 5 from Fryeburg to Center Lovell.
Just past the Center Lovell Inn, look for Sabbatus Road on your
right. Go about 1.5 miles, bearing right at the fork onto a
gravel road. Continue uphill about 0.4 mile to the parking area
on the right, and the trailhead is just behind the new parking
time of this 150-vertical-foot mountain takes approximately 3
hours with a distance of 3-1/2 miles. Located just west of Moose
Pond in Bridgton just off Route 302. Take the road leading into
Shawnee Peak ski area from Route 302. Watch for trail signs on
the road and be sure not to block the fire road. The Ledges (or
Moose Trail) ascends the east side of the mountain. Views from
the summit include Moose Pond Kezar Pond and Lake Lovewell Pond,
the Presidentials in New Hampshire, and Carter Dome.
On the way to
Cornish, on Routes 5 and 113, take a right before the bridge
over the Saco River in Hiram. Go over railroad tracks, pull
over, and park where you can then follow the trail from there.
There is a scenic overlook after 1/4 mile that looks out over
the quaint village of Hiram. The ascent is rough and rocky. The
true summit is 1/2 mile longer but not very well marked.
As you follow Routes
113 and 5 East from Fryeburg, travel about 20 minutes until you
see a sign on the left for The Jones Museum. Take this left and
continue up the hill past the museum to a dead end. Park and
look at the mountain map provided there. The finest vistas of
the Presidential Range can be seen from the stone tower at the
top. This 1/4-mile hike is definitely worth every footstep !
There are numerous
trails in this region of the White Mountain National Forest.
Refer to a White Mountain map or guide to find these beautiful
hikes. They are:
- Stone House -
White Cairn Loop
- East Royce Mountain
- Caribou Mountain
- The Roost
- Wheeler Brook
- Albany Mountain
- Ames and Speckled
- Conant Trail
- Bickford Brook
- Haystck Notch
- Deer Hill