Stinson Mountain Trail is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rumney, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.4 miles
1,354 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips


trail running




Gradual climb good for beginners, rated as a moderate hike

1 month ago

Hiked with my 6 and 10 year olds.

Fairly easy trail. Nothing technical or difficult.
This trail jumps between a foot trail and snowmobile trail. First mile on footpath then .25 on snowmobile then finish the last .75 back on hiking trail.

Steady but gradual incline for the first mile until the junction with the snowmobile trail. A moderate incline the remaining mile.

I was expecting far less traffic than what we encountered but by no means was this trail busy.

Great hike for first timers or any skill level. Views are southern in direction with clear shots to Cardigan, Kearsarge, Lake Winnepasaukee, and Plymouth.

My 10 year old and I plan on coming back in the winter.

1 month ago

This is a nice hike. starts off easy, level and gradually gets steeper and moderately Rocky. Haven't hiked in years and I had no trouble( few brief rests) took me about 2 hours to go up and maybe an hour down. very few people I came across. nice views for the hike. enjoy

2 months ago

Great hike! A bit slippery but nice views at the top! :)

2 months ago

Nice quick hike to get one in for intermediate hikers. Took me 52 minutes to get to the top and it measured 1.8 miles one way... which would mean it's actually closer to 3.6 miles according to my gps. I think it would be a good but a bit challenging for kids. I thought it was a bit harder than Rattlesnake Mtn in Rumney maybe only due to the length. Very muddy despite it not having rained for 4 oe 5 days and a bit rocky but nothing that waterproof hiking boots can't handle. I did enjoy the sounds of sprinking/ running water almost the whole way up though. I might actually rate this more of a 3.5 honestly. The views were gorgeous on the day I went and I do think I liked this one better than Tecumseh on top. I do think it was worth the hike... but bring your poles for the way down.

3 months ago

Lovely, quick hike. Very few people on it. Trail isn't really marked, but the path is carved out well. Just make sure to take the hiking trail at the fork and not the snow machine trail.

4 months ago

Great hike - 45 min steady climb up. Beautiful view of windmills and surrounding landscape

5 months ago

Just starting hiking with my husband, we aren't in the best of shape but this trail is close to home. It gets pretty steep and is also very rocky. We will definitely feel it tomorrow. Took us 1.5 hours to the summit that's with breaks and being really out of shape. 1 hour back down.

6 months ago

Great short hike. I had the summit to myself. The Views are incredible! I only saw one blaze the whole way up. I needed spikes half way up for traction. Still snow covered in spots.

7 months ago

Bang for the proverbial buck. A short hike to a big vista. Not heavily trafficked. Be sure to wear orange in hunting season.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Definitely a moderate hike. As others have said, it's a steady climb the entire way up. I'm a novice hiker and I would say it took me a solid hour and 20 minutes, stopping along the way. The trail is very poorly marked (if at all) but I had an AMC trail guide with me that really helped -- and I'd recommend. When I went up I only passed one other group as I was arriving, it allowed me to hike with my dog off the leash. The view is "okay" by White Mountain standards, but I think during foliage season it would be a great view. I'm not sure I'd take small children -- while the trail itself is well kept, I'd say it's a hike you as a parent don't want to have to carry your child.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

We recommend dry conditions, no rain for several days previous as the trail is rocky and slippery when wet. My personal device recorded 4 miles in and out. The trail starts out very gradual but the steady incline steepens towards the top. The trail is not particularly well marked but usually obvious. The pano views at the top are outstanding.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Choose weather wisely. View isn't up to much on overcast days but limited chances to get up here on vacation. Also if you can do it without a 35 lb kid on your back that would improve things.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Very rocky but a good hike. At the top you can see Rumney and Plymouth. Mnt Cardigan off to your right. Good hike for kids not to long.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Love this hike! Approximately 45 minutes to the top with a spectacular view

Monday, August 14, 2017

great bang for your buck. beautiful views from the top looking south. view of Stinson Lake down a short hike from the top

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Quick did it in 45 great view from the top

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Trail started out great. Nice low-grade incline for about a 1/4 mile, and then it was basically a consistent, semi-steep climb to the top. Very crappy in a lot of places, i.e. Swamp, mud, loose rocks, etc. However, the views were spectacular. There was a nice clearing at the top which overlooked most of Plymouth and the hills surrounding it. Beautiful view of the windmills as well.

Definitely wait to see what the past couple days of weather look like before trying it because there was a point where I had no choice but to walk through shallow water in order to continue. I would wait for a week with absolutely no rain before going. Absolutely bring an extra pair of socks just in case.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Great view but super buggy, muddy, and not well maintained but at least it's short.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nice hike with grandsons & daughter. Still some snow and mud on trail, t-shirts were enough for most of the hike.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Excellent trail for family and dogs. Hiked in with friends on a Saturday mid day in early November. Temp to start was 40 at trailhead. Dropped to 34 at peak and wind picked up but you get out of the wind quickly when descending from the peak so.......Beautiful views at the peak. Lots of room for others at peak trailhead. Enjoyed a picnic lunch and the views. Up and down with 3 boys in age from 8-12 in about 2.5 hours.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Very rocky, lots of bugs , trees fallen in path ways, muddy.... Oh did I mention VERY Rocky!
I didn't think the view was worth the trip...
Be careful it's an ankle twister!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Nice hike. In the trees the whole way until you summit. Small summit with great views, nice places to sit. Sharp drops from the summit so be cautious if kids or dogs summit first. Parking for five or six cars easily at the trailhead. Very few people on July 3rd.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Nice beginners' trails, saw my first black bear about a quarter of a mile in the trail, spooked and he ran away. Nice view and the top, but only the south of the mountain, not the lake.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Short and sweet. About 1hr. up and 45 min. down 5/30/16 in about 90* heat. Neat summit with a nice view. One of the nh52with-a-view.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Absolutely perfect beginner trail. Make sure to take the hiking trail and not the snowmobile trail at the split like I did haha go right at the second bridge with the hole in it! Very nice view for the effort as well. All around good mountain for anyone.

Monday, November 30, 2015

I hiked this with a friend who has a house on Stinson Lake in July 2015. It was gorgeous weather during our hike and we had no issue with bugs--sounds like some other hikers were not so lucky. The hike up is pretty unremarkable and there's really nothing to see until you get to the top. The view was better than I was expecting. If you bushwack a little past where you reach the summit, you're able to get to a bit of a clearing that gives you a great shot of the lake. I enjoyed it and would go back again, but I can't compare it to any of the other hikes in the area since this is the only one I've done.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

It was rainy and cold ...unfortunately no views

Thursday, July 02, 2015

It was a good hike for only having hiked once so far this summer, and it not being a long drive from the house. It was just long enough to get the blood flowing and get some exercise. The views from the top were not as picturesque as some others nearby, but it was beautiful none-the-less.

Friday, August 22, 2014

I completed this hike with my family at the end of June 2014. Honestly, I was not too impressed. The terrain was extremely muddy and rocky; this plus the several switchbacks along the trail made for a fairly unpleasant climb. The bugs, particularly the black flies, were ravenous, too. When we did reach the summit, the restricted views did not satisfy us; it was hazy and the farthest we could see were the houses of Rumney beneath us.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Great hike with the kids and pup. Lots of fun, unfortunately a cloudy day, so no view from the top. A few slick spots, but pretty easy.

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