North Uncanoonuc, late fall

Kiosk at Mountain Road parking area near town waterworks gate. No take-along maps available; download one before you go. 

Western view towards the Monadnocks from North Uncanoonuc. The haze is typical.

My boots had cobwebs in them when I picked them up for this afternoon’s hike in Goffstown. It’s been too long since the last hike. The Uncanoonuc hills are close by, have easy trails, and offer fairly good views, so that’s where I went. Not a bad little local jaunt.

On this clear day in the 40s,  the little parking area on Mountain Road at the town waterworks was almost full. “Full” means about eight cars, so crowds were not a problem. I headed for North Uncanoonuc’s summit via the snowmobile trail marked as a class VI road. (Download the map at www.goffstowntrails.com.) The slippery leaves & loose rocks made made me watch my step, but this is an easy hike overall.  At a casual pace, I got to the summit in just over half an hour.

People brought their kids and dogs today. Most, like me, were taking it easy. A few ambitious souls ran a big loop beginning on the trail I took, then over the summit to the White Dot trail (not to be confused with the famous one on Monadnock) and back to Mountain Road. Must be nice to be fit.

Unlike the south peak, which boasts a decent view of Manchester, North Uncanoonuc offers views west  to the Wapack Range and north to Mt. Kearsarge.  (The Kearsarge vista is a few hundred yards down from the summit on the White Dot trail.) The ledgy summit pokes just far enough up from forest & shrubs to reward hikers with some pleasant sights. It’s a great picnic spot, too.

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