AT Sections North of Hanover

Hiked Moose Mt, Holts Ledge and Dorchester Road trails that are part of the AT north of Hanover on 3/26/16. Bill Cronin joined me for this hike. Weather was predicted to be bright and sunny with temps in the high 30s and no wind. It started out cloudy and actually spit some snow briefly but quickly changed to what was predicted. We didn’t do all of the Moose Mt trail as I had done that earlier this winter. We drove to the end of the unmaintained portion of Wolfboro Road and then hiked the .6 miles up the abandoned part of the road to Moose Mt. trail. We very quickly got to the Moose Mt shelter which is maintained by the Dartmouth Outing Club.

Moose Mt Shelter
Moose Mt Shelter

We continued along the trail which had quite a bit of ice on it that had fallen off the trees from an ice storm the previous week. It made things a little bit slippery but we never put any traction on our feet.

Fallen ice on the trail
Fallen ice on the trail

We made our way over the wooded summit of Moose Mt and eventually got to the only view on the summit.

Smarts Mt from near the summit of Moose Mt
Smarts Mt from near the summit of Moose Mt

We continued descending the trail and soon came to Goose Pond Road which we crossed and started up Holts Ledge Trail. There was a very extensive beaver pond and dam which we crossed on bog bridges.

Beaver pond on Holts Ledge trail
Beaver pond on Holts Ledge trail

We continued up the trail and walked along the ridgeline. The cliffs dropped off several hundred feet. Peregrine falcons nest here on the cliffs. There were good views to the east and north from the cliffs.

Looking east from Holts Ledge
Looking east from Holts Ledge
Looking north to Smarts Mt from Holts Ledge
Looking north to Smarts Mt from Holts Ledge

You can just barely make out the firetower on Smarts Mt in the picture. We continued down the trail and soon came to the Trapper John shelter which is also maintained by the Dartmouth Outing Club.

Trapper John Shelter
Bill resting in Trapper John Shelter
Chimney at Trapper John Shelter
Chimney at Trapper John Shelter

I guess Trapper John had a cabin here at some point in the past. The only thing that remains is the chimney. We soon reached the end of Holts Ledge trail and crossed the Grafton Turnpike, not as impressive as it sounds, and hiked the section of trail that parallels Dorchester Road.

Right where the trail cosses the Grafton Turnpike is the Dartmouth Skiway which is run by Dartmouth College.

Dartmouth Skiway and pond for snowmaking
Dartmouth Skiway and pond for snow making

We had encountered many old stone walls along the trail in what would seem to be unlikely places for them as it was steep and very rocky.

Old stonewall along the trail
Old stonewall along the trail

Near the end of the trail was a granite post with the mileage to Mine on one side and the mileage to Georgia on the other side. I had never seen one of these anywhere else along the AT in New Hampshire.

Mileage to Maine
Mileage to Maine
Mileage to Georgia
Mileage to Georgia

The final stream crossing for the day, still had a little bit of ice.

The final stream crossing
The final stream crossing

Only 32.3 miles left to go.

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