Appalachian Trail

Location: Central New Hampshire
Trip Starts: Connecticut River
Trip Ends: Kinsmans Notch
Total Distance: 53.2 miles
Hike Type: One-Way, Shuttle Hike
Hike Difficulty: Difficult
Trails Used: Appalachian Trail
Trail Traffic: Heavy
Trip Type: Multi-Day Hike
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Appalachian Trail Conservancy
799 West Washington Street
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
(304) 535-6331

Highlights:

The Appalachian Trail leaves Dartmouth College and the town of Hanover to start this section, and it alternates between a series of mountains and valleys as it winds northbound. Smarts Mountain is located about twenty three miles from the Connecticut River, and it has spectacular views from a fire tower at the summit. There is a shelter near the tower (dubbed the Fire Warden’s Cabin) and a spring is located nearby.

Glencliff (population ~100) sits in a valley between Smarts Mountain and Mt. Moosilauke and the post office here is a common re-supply point for northbound hikers. The treeless ridges to the north are susceptible to severe weather year round, and Glencliff is a popular place to ship cold weather gear before the first major ascent above tree line at Mount Moosilauke. On a clear day, five states are visible from it’s 4,802 foot summit. The descent from Mount Moosilauke is a steep one and it follows Beaver Brook to Kinsman Notch and NH 112, which is a short distance from the Town of Woodstock.

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