Crotched Mountain from Greenfield Road

HARD 11 reviews

Crotched Mountain from Greenfield Road is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Francestown, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1548 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
12 days ago

To get to the parking area, we put in "Hardwick/Former Merill Property" into Google Maps. The map in the kiosk is hard to read, so come prepared with a map of your own or photos of the map from online!

We did the Summit Link Trail to the Summit West Trail (yellow blazes). We then took the Upper Link Trail (blue blazes) to what we think was the summit - not sure if it was because it was so foggy we could hardly see anything! We then returned on the Upper Link Trail to where it meets up with the Summit Trails, and took the Summit East Trail back around 3.5 miles to the parking area. Though at least for us the trail lacked "views," there was definitely a rocky, primeval forest feel going on here that we enjoyed. A nice contrast to busy, well-worn trails (and well-loved!) trails in the Whites. It took us in total about four hours at a moderate pace. Lots of water abounds, as well as some muddy/wet sections that I tried, mostly successfully, to overpass with my sneakers.

12 days ago

Wonderful hike! We consider it more moderate than hard. Just a few rock scrambles. The views are worth the effort.

26 days ago

Great hike. I’d say it falls between moderate and difficult— definitely some challenging sections, but not ALL challenging.

Take the east trail to the summit. It’s a bit less steep than the west trail.

Great views. Enjoy it!

hiking
2 months ago

PARKING: Hard right into lot from main rd. Lot holds 10 or so cars. There were 3 there when I went on a Saturday afternoon.
TRAIL: Start beside the welcome sign in the parking lot. I went up East and down West trails. Multiple false summits. The real one is on the blue trail blazes (Upper Link Trail) and has a picnic bench to mark the top. Summits have nice views, 180 degrees max. Nothing significantly steep. I would call this moderate, not hard. At a brisk walk, I summited in 2 hours and returned in 1 1/4 hours (with 15 minutes worth of total resting). I passed maybe 6 people during the entire journey (loved the silence).
BRING: You'll need bug spray but not suntan lotion. It's a 95% forest walk. I went through 1L of water on a high dew point day (65), but I'd bring 2L to be safe.
BOTTOM LINE: the smells and sounds will relax your soul. Ladies and gents, enjoy.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Great hike. Took the west route down and saw a black bear.

hiking
4 months ago

Well marked and a lot of fun!

hiking
4 months ago

What a great hike! We were within 7 yards of a doe, caught a glimpse of a raccoon, and munched on wild blueberries. The trails are marked well, and the views from the summit was spectacular. The trail is somewhat challenging towards the top, so wear good hiking shoes. Thanks, MH, for a great hike!

hiking
4 months ago

great hike with plenty to see everywhere!

hiking
4 months ago