Crotched Mountain from Greenfield Road

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Francestown, New Hampshire

Crotched Mountain from Greenfield Road is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Francestown, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.8 miElevation gain1,410 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestViewsWildflowers
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This trail is generally well marked but the summit is not as well marked. This is a gorgeous loop and overall a beautiful trail, well marked with great views. The first and last 2 miles are easy. Follow the trail past a pond with Lily pads, cross a stream with frogs and tadpoles, on your way up pass several perfect spots to sit for a snack to watch the clouds dance across the sky above rolling mountains of green trees swaying in the wind. On a clear day, you could see Boston far away. Perfect in the fall to see the foliage and in the spring to explore the vernal pools.

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Christin H
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Well marked trail. Not too many vistas, and the view at the "summit" is semi-blocked by branches. Many of the trees are still missing leaves, but no ice and very little mud. Was a lovely, peaceful "first hike of the season" on an absolutely gorgeous day!

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Tom Nardelli
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No ice!

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Joanna Matwiejuk
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This trial is not so easy but view on top is worth. Durning nice sunny day looks like some magic place. I love fact that is so quiet and peaceful. I highly recommended for people who want to spend some more time with nature.

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Joanna Matwiejuk
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Mark S
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Absolutely gorgeous. I've done this loop probably 6 times before but this was the best. Timed the sunset just right to sit on the cliff on the west peak and watch it fall over the valley. Would have camped up there if I brought a tent.

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Stephen Andrichak
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Beautiful day. Nice views along the way and at the top. Trail feee of snow and ice

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Gen Mackenzie
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Nice trail- parking lot is on Farmington road FYI. Hard to see if there’s no cars in lot. We went up east and down west. West has some steep parts and is a mile shorter than east. There are parts that we wore snowshoes which I would recommend. Wore spikes closer to bottom and switched over about 2/3 up.

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Stacey D
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Great hike. I love this trail loop.

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Tara Watt
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Broke trail today for the entire 7 miles. Snowshoes were a must. The trees up top are iced over and are blocking the trail some so lots of maneuvering had to be done. Great trail overall with some beautiful views along the way.

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Hank Stuart
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Beautiful day for a hike. Low 30s but windy at times. Snow covered trails that we handled fine with micro-spikes and poles. Took the East Summit trail up and West Summit trail down. 6 miles trip and almost 1,400' elevation gain. It was a butt kicker but we needed it to get ready our 4K next weekend. This is less than a half hour from home so we will be back. We highly recommend it to anyone looking for a moderate hike with Great Views.

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Stacey D
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Not a lot of snow but some. Didn't need snowshoes or microspike

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Michael Riley
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Fairly well marked - trail to summit could be more clearly marked but downloaded AT map helped there:) Trail is pretty level down low, elevation gains nearer top. Impressive rock piles and a couple of good outlooks up high. Will definitely come back and try some other routes.

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Jason Fish
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Jordan Bukouricz
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Luminita Lin
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Awesome way to unplug! Trail was perfect, a bit slippery with leaves but not too bad.

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Ashley Wellington
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Great trail, awesome views all the way up. Trail is marked well in some places, poorly in others, as long as you have the map up you should be fine. No clear marker on the summit. I’m assuming it was where the cell phone towers were.

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Renee Broze
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This is a great hike! The leaves made it a little slippery in places, but overall one of the best I’ve found in this area so far. Wonderful views, and only a handful of people on the trail.

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Randy Knight
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Great hike, trails are all well marked. Went up Summit W returned Summit E, would recommend this route as several good look outs along Summit E ridge for the return trip. Summit W is steeper and has some good scrambles, but the views were not as good as Summit E. The summit marker was a bit tricky to find near antenna tower.

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Debbie Linder
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Great except I lost my car key!! Anyone hiking out there please call me if you find a solo Jeep key! Most likely on Summit E Trail but could be anywhere. Thank you! Can be reached at 508-688-7688.

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Anne Webster
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Excellent hiking trails to summit Crotchet Mountain

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Stuart Green
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Great hike and awesome views. I think the jury is out on whether it's best to take a clockwise or counter clockwise route. The West trail is shorter, but definitely steeper. Saw what I think was a black woodchuck on the ground, which casually spotted me and then slowly climbed a nearby tree.

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Tiffany Jean
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Wonderful loop. Didn’t have time/energy to check out the summit but the loop still had an amazing view of the beautiful autumn foliage!

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Renee Payne
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Quintessential New England hike - spectacular fall colors! Very well marked throughout and a clear map at the trailhead. We took Link Trail to Summit Trail East, then Upper Link trail out and back to the summit, Summit Trail West down, and finally Link Trail back to the parking lot.

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Kathy Jaffarian O'Keefe
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Excellent hike. I agree that going up west and coming down East works best for views. Spectacular. Definitely one to do again!

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Michael O'Keefe
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Excellent hike!

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Jim Smith
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Ree Moloney
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Beautiful fall foliage. Easy to moderate hike. I recommend going up the east and down the West Summit trails.

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3 o’clock Polak
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Very fun hike. Only saw 1 person today. Great views

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