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South Uncanoonuc Mountain

Length: 2.5 miles out-and-back with loop

Difficulty (click for info): Easy

Elevation Gain: 700 feet

Rating (click for info): 6/10

Elevation: 1315'

Prominence: 450'

Best Time to Visit:
Visit on a clear day to see Boston. You may be able to see more from some of the viewpoints when there are no leaves on the trees.

Driving Directions:
Trailhead is at the end of Mountain Base Road in Goffstown, NH. Take Wallace Road from a traffic circle on Rt. 114, 0.6 miles east of the southern junction of Rt. 13 and Rt. 144 and 3.2 miles west of Rt. 114A. Drive 1.5 miles down Wallace Road and turn right onto Mountain Base Road. Follow it 0.9 miles to its end at the lake and park at the small dirt parking area near the kiosk.

Walk down the dirt road past the kiosk 0.1 miles to the trails leading into the woods. Bear left in another 0.1 miles to stay on Summit Trail where Bickford Trail leaves on the right, and again 0.4 miles past that where Link Trail leaves on the right. After climbing for 0.2 miles past Link Trail, turn left onto Walker Trail. Follow Walker Trail for 0.5 miles past three viewpoints. At its end, you will intersect Incline Trail. Go right, toward the top.

Trail Map

About the Hike:
The top of South Uncanoonuc Mountain is occupied with cell towers and roads. It may not sound like a hiker's destination, but a loop trail that leads around the sides of the mountain provides access to five fine ledge outlooks.

The trail begins at a parking area near a small beach on Uncanoonuc Lake. As Incline Trail heads into the woods at a kiosk, walk straight for 0.1 miles on the dirt road that follows the lake. In 0.1 miles, the hiking trails lead into the woods. Bear left in another 0.1 miles to stay on Summit Trail as Bickford Trail diverges to the right. The trail climbs moderately for 0.4 miles to a junction with Link Trail (stay left on Summit Trail), then turns and climbs more steeply. In 0.2 miles further, turn left onto Walker Trail. You will soon reach the first viewpoint. This vista is a bit restricted, but if you move over far enough to one side, you can see some of the White Mountains. After some ups-and-downs in the forest, the trail passes the next two viewpoints, which have an excellent view of Manchester and the Pawtuckaway Mountains, along with view guides that identify the mountains you can see. Shortly after these two viewpoints (and 0.3 miles from Summit Trail), Walker Trail ends at Incline Trail, which was once a railway that brought visitors to a ski area and a hotel at the top. Turn right and follow this trail 0.1 miles to the summit area. Here, a dirt road turns right to reach the summit loop road. Continue straight, on a private road, for a short distance, then turn right onto the unsigned Summit Trail. In 0.1 miles, you reach the next viewpoint, the highlight of the hike. This large, grassy clearing has extensive views to the south, including the Boston Skyline and the Manchester Airport. Beyond this, the trail crosses Summit Road in 0.1 miles, then descends another 0.1 miles to a spur trail on the right, marked with a sign for "The View". This leads a short distance to the final viewpoint, which looks directly at North Uncanoonuc Mountain. To finish the loop, descend another 0.1 miles on Summit Trail to the intersection with Walker Trail. Continue back down the way you came on Summit Trail.

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