Thursday, July 11, 2013

North Uncanoonuc - 1324 Ft.

STATE: New Hampshire
DESTINATION: Mt. Uncanoonuc - North
ELEVATION: 1324 Ft.
TRAIL: Class 6 ATV road, Blue trail
DISTANCE: .5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 440 Ft.
HIKING TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes
SEASON: Mid-summer
DATE: August 2010
WEATHER: sunny, clear

PARKING: From route 114 in Goffstown turn onto Mountain road and follow it 2.6 miles to the class 6 road. There is not a parking lot but parking is available on both sides of Mountain road.

MAP: (N Uncanoonuc)


DESCRIPTION:

From parking on Mountain Road follow the class 5 carriage road over rocky terrain with a easy grade 0.20 miles to the junction with the Blue trail.  Turn left and continue on the wide carriage road a few hundred feet to a trail leading to the left. Continue straight, following the wide blue trail over some rocky and rooted sections 0.3 miles to a junction of an ATV trail and the summit ridge.  Turn right and continue over the granite slabs 0.2 miles to the summit.  There are OK views of South Uncanoonuc and Manchester through the trees.  There is a small cairn marking the summit and several fire pits.  I saw no official markings.  Return the way you came.

TRAIL DISTANCES:

Class 6 road - Blue Trail junction = 0.20 miles
Blue Trail junction - ATV trail junction = 0.30 miles
ATV trail junction - summit = 0.20 miles

Total distance = 0.8 miles

HIKING TIMES:

Class 6 road - Blue Trail junction = 10 minutes
Blue Trail junction - ATV trail junction = 20 minutes
ATV trail junction - summit = 10 minutes

NOTES / COMMENTS:

The Uncanoonuc Mountains are the local mountains in the background of Manchester and a popular hike amongst the locals.  North Uncanoonuc is the highest point in the town of Goffstown. The two mountains are similar in look and elevation and I've heard that the Indian word Uncanoonuc translates to Woman's breast.  North Uncanoonuc provides more of an outdoor experience than it's neighbor South Uncanoonuc which is populated with radio antenna, buildings and a drivable road. 

There are several trails leading to the summit of North Uncanoonuc.  The report above follows the red line on the map above.  A second option is the White Dot trail.  A small parking lot is available on the left hand side of Mountain road 1.5 miles from route 114. The trail head begins across the street and climbs steadily and steeply 0.6 miles to the summit.  There is a small cave at 0.1 miles (I have not explored) and trail is peppered with rocky terrain.  As you near the top you'll find a great view of Goffstown potentially some peaks further north.  The summit is a short 0.1 miles away.


A downloadable, printable and more thorough PDF copy of the map above can be found at the Goffstown.com trails home page.

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