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Mount Wallingford, Weare NH

• 3-star hike
• 3.0 mile out-and-back
• Medium difficulty | Gain 689 feet
• Merrimack Region | Weare NH
• Driving Directions: Trailhead

Stream crossings in Buxton Forest.

Mount Wallingford is an unassuming hill in the unassuming small town of Weare, located a 25 minute drive Southwest from Concord. This hike offers up a classic New Hampshire woodland walk followed by a moderate 450 foot hill climb to a wooded summit with some views to the North.

Beginning at the small trailhead with parking for around three vehicles, Mount Wallingford Trail meanders through Buxton Forest and Elizabeth Simons Preserve towards the base of the hill. The well-defined trail descends from the trailhead into sometimes wet marshland, which means there may be some mud from time to time, but at least the stream crossings are bridged so we’re unlikely to end up with wet feet.

The route takes a clear right turn up the hill. We list this trail as easy because despite the hike to the summit the ground underfoot is easy going and mostly free of mud, rocks and roots.

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Mt Wallingford Trail

The Forest Society’s map shows Mount Wallingford’s summit as 1,201 feet above sea level and the rounded, wooded summit offers little in the way of views. However, thanks to the Society’s tree clearing work, from the trail there are great distant panoramic views to the North of the trail including the prominence of Mount Kearsage twenty miles away.

Hunting is a popular activity in this area during fall, so orange clothing is recommended at this time. Also in winter the trailhead parking area is not plowed.

Great Northerly views towards Mount Kearsage.

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