Pitcher Mountain & Hubbard Hill, NH


• 4-star hikes
• 0.7 to 5.2 mile options
• Easy difficulty | Gain 260 to 630 feet
• Stoddard, NH | Monadnock Region
• Driving Directions: Trailhead, Blueberries


Great views from Pitcher Mountain, even without a fire tower climb.

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Combining a short fire tower track with a rich and varied forest hike makes for a memorable romp through New Hampshire's Andorra Forest. Furthermore a blueberry plantation at the top of Hubbard Hill adds to the appeal of this route in July and August when the fruit is ripe for picking.

We've laid out three hikes of increasing length all beginning from a medium size parking lot by Route 123 just outside of the town of Stoddard. All three routes lead straight to the highest point of all three hikes, marked by the 1925 fire tower that stands on top of Pitcher Mountain (2,163 feet). While our shortest hike returns back to the trailhead via a loop trail, the others head down into the Andorra Forest. You'll want to choose to either cut back to the trailhead via the dirt road, or continue along all the way to Hubbard Hill.

The blueberry plantation atop Hubbard Hill can be accessed either by our longest hike, or by driving two miles along a well maintained dirt road to a large grassy parking lot. Remember to bring containers to hold your blueberry picking hoard, and don't forget to pay by the quart for the berries you take. Proceeds are used to maintain and improve the blueberry fields.

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Pitcher Mt & Hubbard Hill 4★
5.23 mi, Loop, Easy, Gain 630 ft
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The shortest hike to the fire tower, and a favorite with children. Though the cabin of the fire tower is closed to visitors, you can still climb the two flights of steps to get a higher view of the panoramic views. We've also marked an additional viewpoint on our map, which looks out over grassland to Mount Monadnock and beyond.

Pitcher Mt & Forest Hike 4★
2.84 mi, Loop, Medium, Gain 436 ft
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This hike encompasses both the fire tower and forest hiking sections, returning to the trailhead via the dirt road. We were lucky enough to visit the forest after a long period of rain, and find the forest canopy covered with many fungi of differing shapes and sizes and even heard loons calling from Cold Spring Pond below. Forest trail is mostly single-track and easy going.

Pitcher Mountain 4★
0.7 mi, Loop, Easy, Gain 260 ft
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Continue on from the forest trail up the dirt road for a further mile to reach Hubbard Hill and the blueberry fields. Continue past the large grassy parking area and into the fields. The main trail is well-defined and leads to a Hubbard Hill sign supposedly marking the highest point on what doesn't look much like a hill, but does still provide some picturesque views to the West. We found a slightly higher point of the hill thanks to a topo map, and we've marked that as the summit.


Panoramas over grassland on the way up to Pitcher Mountain.


Blueberries are ripe for the picking in July & August.


Finds on our forest trail hike.


The 1925 fire tower atop Pitcher Mountain.

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