Trails near Hanover, NH

Hiked a couple of sections of trails that make up the Appalachian Trail (AT) near Hanover, NH and some side trails on 2/15/2016. The weather was forecast to be cold but warming up to the 20s with a sunny start and a chance of snow showers in the late afternoon. I started hiking about 9AM and it was -2F but with no wind it was pretty comfortable. I started on the Moose Mt. Trail which is part of the AT, I then branched off on the Fred Harris trail which goes to the Dartmouth College Class of 66 Lodge which is open in the winter but there wasn’t anyone around.

Stream bridge on Moose Mt. trail
Stream bridge on Moose Mt. trail
Dartmouth College Class of 66 Lodge
Dartmouth College Class of 66 Lodge

Behind the Lodge the Nat Thompson trail climbs gently up to the south summit of Moose Mt. and the Moose Mt. trail.

South summit of Moose Mt.
South summit of Moose Mt.
View from the south summit of Moose Mt.
View from the south summit of Moose Mt.

From the summit I headed north for one half mile to where the trail crosses Wolfeboro Road where I turned around and went back over the south summit and then followed Moose Mt. trail back to the car where I ate my PBJ in the warmth of the car.

Icy stream on Moose Mt. trail
Icy stream on Moose Mt. trail

After lunch I hiked south on the Hanover Center trail through some nice forests and fields to Hanover Center Road which was the end of the hike.

Old stonewall along the trail
Old stonewall along the trail
Hanover Center trail through an old field
Hanover Center trail through an old field

It was a good day for a hike without much snow and it warmed up to 21F. Only 60.2 miles left to finish.

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