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East Pinnacle (Osgood Hill)

Length: 2.4 miles out-and-back

Difficulty (click for info): Beginner

Elevation Gain: 350 feet

Rating (click for info): 4/10

Elevation: 1850'

Prominence: none

Best Time to Visit:
This hike is especially beautiful in the fall.

Driving Directions:
Trailhead and parking area are on Stoddard Road, in Nelson, NH. To get to Stoddard Road, Take Bailey Road from Rt. 123 in Stoddard, 1.5 miles south of Rt. 9 and 5.5 miles north of Rt. 137. Bailey Road becomes Stoddard Road at the Nelson town line. The parking area is just after this, 1.4 miles from Rt. 123. It is a small dirt parking area on the left side of the road, marked by a yellow sign with a bee on it.

About the Hike:
East Pinnacle is a ledge on the side of Osgood Hill which provides a limited view of Spoonwood Pond and Nubanusit Lake. It is on the property of the Harris Center for Conservation Education. While not particularly stunning, the view is a good reward for minimal effort. It is quite nice in the fall. From the parking area, walk down the wide and grassy dirt path for 0.1 miles, then turn right onto Kulish Ledges Trail. The trail crosses a stream, Bailey Brook, on a large wooden bridge, and passes a beaver pond. It leads uphill very gradually, past three landmarks shown on the Harris Center's map: the split rock, a boulder with a large slice cut out of it; the log bridge, where the trail crosses the north branch of Bailey Brook; and the stove, a historical item (see information on the map). Past these, the trail starts to get a little steeper. Watch carefully for the opening on the left; it can be easily missed. When you arrive at East Pinnacle, you will be able to look through the trees to see a small view of the surrounding area. In the foreground are the two previously mentioned lakes; behind them are Skatutakee and Thumb Mountains. The trail continues to another viewpoint called Kulish Ledges, but the view is much more restricted.

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