Monday, May 20, 2013

Dumplingtown Hill - 525 Ft.

STATE: New Hampshire
DESTINATION: Dumplingtown Hill
ELEVATION: 525 Ft.
TRAIL: Bushwhack, 4x4 Trail
DISTANCE: 0.25 Miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 165 Ft
HIKING TIME: 25 minutes
SEASON: Spring
DATE: May 20, 2013
WEATHER: Mostly Sunny, 75 degrees



PARKING:
 From Route 101 follow Route 27 to Langford St. Follow Langford St. for 1.2 Miles then take a right on Donald St. Park at the Cul-de-Sac at the end of Donald St.

MAP: (Dumplingtown Hill)



DESCRIPTION:

From the Cul-de-Sac I entered the woods and quickly encountered a wetlands area I needed to carefully pass looking for higher spots to ensure my feet wouldn't end up soaked. I bushwhacked southwest through mostly open woods to a rock wall then encountered several logging skidder paths through the area. I crisscrossed the skidder paths and after 0.18 miles eventually found a 4x4 trail. the trail turned left and the last 400 Ft. rises steeply to the summit. The summit dome was mostly open with a 3 Ft diameter rock and fire pit near the highest point. A 15 Ft tall red pine tree with 2 pink flagging ribbons stood at the summit. I found no benchmark disks.

TRAIL DISTANCES:

Bushwhack - 4x4 Trail = 0.18 Mi
4x4 Trail - Dumplington Summit = 0.7 Mi

HIKING TIMES:

Bushwhack - Summit = 15 Minutes
Summit - Car = 10 Minutes

NOTES / COMMENTS:

Dumplingtown Hill is the highest point in the town of Raymond NH. The bushwhack from Donald St. (shown in red on the map above) passed through wetlands and muddy skidder paths. I would recommend parking on Depot St at the Rail Road Crossing then following the Rockingham Rail Trail to the 4x4 Trail (shown in yellow above). The suggested route is longer however will be much more enjoyable. I enjoyed the walk through the open woods and final 400 Ft ascent to the summit. The summit was mostly open however views were limited due to the tall trees nearby. The picture below shows the final 400 Ft. pitch to the summit. 

2 comments:

  1. There is a very beautiful view from a little bit south of the summit, just before it starts to slope steeply down. You can see pretty far south, but the really beautiful thing is the bird's eye view of the marsh below, which as a winding stream snaking through it. The south slope of this Hill is a popular climbing place called The Dump. Half-hearted Hill is privately owned and the other half is Town of Raymond owned in the Dearborn Forest Town Conservation Property. There is a trail to the summit from there too.

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  2. Beware of Timber Rattlesnakes here. They are not common, but one was found a few hundred yards from Dumplingtown Hill in a garage on Donald Street. The rocky slope is perfect habitat.

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