Wantastiquet Natural Area Summit Trail

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Wantastiquet Mountain Natural Area

Wantastiquet Natural Area Summit Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near West Chesterfield, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,053 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Follows a former quarry road with steady uphill climb.

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muddy
rocky
13 days ago

Nice trail but had running water in spots. If you’ve got water resistant boots it’s no big deal. If you’re just hiking in shoes it will be slick so be careful.

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muddy
rocky
20 days ago

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muddy
29 days ago

Hiked on 5/5/2020 Great views, little muddy but totally worth it!

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muddy
1 month ago

Hiked on 5/2. There’s a beautiful waterfall right at the start of the trail (visible from the parking lot) which is spectacular. Unfortunately, over 50% of the trail was essentially a couple inch deep stream. It rained the day before we hiked so I am sure it was worse than usual but it really wasn’t possible to avoid the water.

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muddy
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

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muddy
2 months ago

The trail is quite wide and heavily trafficked by local families so it’s easy to follow. It’s a series of switchbacks up a mountain. While the trial itself is easy (flat) the incline is consistent, making a break at the top refreshing. At the top of the trail there is a large rock to rest, although we found it unsuitable to enjoy due to noisy teenagers. On a quiet day, it would have been more enjoyable. That being said, it’s a great local hike with expansive views at the top - great for anyone visiting the area.

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muddy
snow
3 months ago

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icy
muddy
snow
3 months ago

Hiked this with my Husky today. First winter hike with some new gear. Was a good trail to test it on.

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icy
snow
3 months ago

Nice easy trail, steady uphill climb.

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3 months ago

Beautiful hike- a little icy but with poles and cleats not a bad hike.

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muddy
washed out
4 months ago

Good elevation to get back into the swing of things. 1st hike of the decade.

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muddy
snow
5 months ago

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6 months ago

Nice trail, would say it’s easy not moderate, there are a few small incline areas but then it levels out a lot - fallen leaves made it a little more difficult coming down but great views from the top

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7 months ago

Pleasant, satisfying walk up former quarry road to a stone post at the peak. Incline isn't steep but is fairly relentless, 1000' in 2 miles. Bugs are gone by mid-Oct. Foliage is a treat, though fallen leaves on rocks can be slippery, especially when wet.

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bugs
rocky
8 months ago

This trail is a nice hike because parts are uphill and then it goes flat for a bit until the next incline. The gnats were very annoying though, they were not deterred at all by bug spray. The view is mediocre at best. I grew up doing this hike, it had been 15yrs or so since I had done it last. It’s never changed, never been improved or cleaned up or added to at the top, which is unfortunate.

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rocky
8 months ago

Super fun easy hike with a nice view at the top. Walked up and ran down!

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bugs
rocky
9 months ago

Nice trail, not too hard. Pretty much strolling uphill and then back down. Beautiful views at the top of Brattleboro. The bugs didn’t seem to mind bugspray and I was harassed a bit. Moderately trafficked trail. Ran into quite a few people on a Tuesday afternoon.

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