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Mt. Wallingford

Length: 3.2 miles out-and-back

Difficulty (click for info): Easy

Elevation Gain: 500 feet

Rating (click for info): 5/10

Elevation: 1210'

Prominence: 110'

Best Time to Visit:
The view is best seen when the leaves are off the trees.

Driving Directions:
Trailhead is on Flanders Memorial Road, in Weare, NH. Flanders Memorial Road begins on Rt. 114/77 2.8 miles north of the southern junction of Rt. 114 and Rt. 77. The trailhead is 1.3 miles down the road, on the left, marked with a Forest Society sign. Park in the very small dirt parking area.

Trail Map

About the Hike:
Mt. Wallingford is a small hill with a view clearing maintained by the Forest Society. The view is somewhat limited, but on clear days, the White Mountains are visible. The hike involves a pleasant forest stroll by two marshes, then a short, steep climb to the summit. From the pull-off and Forest Society kiosk, walk past the gate and follows a wide dirt path, the Mt. Wallingford Trail, into the forest. In 0.1 miles, bear left and join a snowmobile trail. The trail descends gradually to a small marsh, crossing its outlet on a land bridge. It then swings to the right near a field and continues descending. In 0.6 miles from the parking area, turn right at an arrow sign and onto a footpath. The trail crosses two brooks (one with a wooden bridge), runs along a large rock, then turns and becomes flat as it parallels a long marsh. At the end of the marsh, the trail crosses another small brook and reaches a T-junction, half a mile from the snowmobile trail. Turn right and begin climbing. The trail eventually becomes fairly steep. After 0.4 miles, the trail swings to the right and emerges in a large blueberry-filled view clearing just below the summit. From the clearing is a good view of Mt. Kearsarge, as well as Mt. Cardigan and Ragged Mountain, although you will have to move around to see it all at once. If it is clear, you can see the White Mountains.

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