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Mount Shannon and Goat Hill Pasture is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alton Bay, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 1,118 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views
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Jeff & Roberta Laliberte
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Left from old stage coach road trail head. Plenty of parking.. light trail traffic this Labor Day. Meandered through the forest to a gradual ascent to the top of Mt Shannon... got our hearts pumping, but nothing too serious. spectacular views from the top - well worth the effort. We made our descent down to Hidden Valley Scout camp and walked through camp to the shores of Sunset Lake where we enjoyed lunch on the shore. Continued up and over Goat Pasture hill where my wife and I quietly enjoyed watching a black bear make his way across the trail as he foraged for food. We both enjoyed this 6 mile hike (no bugs) and will be back to explore some of the surrounding trails.

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Jeff & Roberta Laliberte
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Christine Burnes
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Jocelyn Lipinski
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I did this trail yesterday 8/15. We started at 10:30am and finished around 2:30. We took plenty of breaks to take in the scenery and had lunch at the lake. There are a few steeper sections that will get your heart pumping but nothing crazy. This hike has a little bit of everything with the varied terrian. It had meandering forest settings, lakes and mountain views. It was a great 6 mile hike! We will likely be back to check out some of the adjacent trails.

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Caitlin Jondro
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Well marked easy hike.

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Pam & Tom Snowe
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The GOOD: It’s an easy six mile loop that wends through a forest on a well marked trail that begins on Stage Coach trail, through Goat Hill Pasture, with a place to stop and look out onto Sunset Lake. There is rope swing along the trail where is borders the banks of the lake, if you have your bathing suit. After ascending a bit to the top of Mt. Shannon on the Blue/Yellow trail, there is a nice spot to check out Lake Eileen and the surrounding hills and valleys. On the way back, you meander through the woods again, passing many swampy areas and a few brooks. The BAD: The deer flies and horse flies and other flying annoying insects were outrageous. We applied bug dope several times but because the trail is wooded and there are many swamps along the way, this hike was sort of a bummer. I would definitely recommend this trail for enjoyment in the fall or winter, not the summer. Unless of course, you enjoy swatting at flies and cursing the fact you chose this particular trail on a hot summer day.

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Dan L
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Beautiful hike today just after a brutal storm. Paths were mostly clear, a tree fell over and blocked the purple path halfway up. Other than that a long but beautiful hike with all kinds of terrain . Highly recommend.

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Jeffrey Cowan
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A really nice hike, with enough changes in elevation to get your heart pumping and your quads burning! Total time with side trips and breaks was about 3-1/2 hours. There was a fair amount of water on the trail in several spots, and there was a significant stream to cross at the bottom of Goat Hill pasture. Although there is a light-duty rope available to assist, we found it less than reassuring. If you head on the Old Stage Road trail to your right about 1/4 mile there is a bridge, and it’s easy bushwhacking to get back to the trail down to Sunset Lake and on to Mount Shannon and the rest of the loop.

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Danielle Mooney
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Large trailhead parking lot. Multi trails to different ledges, mountains and outlooks. Plenty of water by trail. Easy up and down grades along the way. Last 300ft to the pasture was large rock, use of hands but easy to travel through.

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Brian Matis
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Pretty nice hike, a lot of flat trail. It feels as if you are just walking through the woods until you reach the mountains. Make sure you are careful and pay attention to the trial markers though. A lot of times it doesn’t feel as if you are on a path. A few times I actually ended up off path by mistake. If you don’t see a marker for a 5 or so minutes or are in doubt you are on the trail, double back to the last marker. The trail isn’t well maintained so I wouldn’t recommend it if you are alone or inexperienced., especially on the blue trial it can be easy to lose your way if you aren’t paying attention.

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Pedro Giesta
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rachel neveu
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Drew lachance
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Darin Burke
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Ian Danielson
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Michael Blydenburgh
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Lori Boucher
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Kristina Chao
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Lynn Haskell
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Michele O'Sullivan W
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Olivia White
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Brianna Allison
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Danielle Anctil
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Michael Lebo
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