DESTINATION: Merrimack Town Highpoint
ELEVATION: 512 Ft
SUMMIT COORDINATES: N42 51.863, W71 33.186
TRAIL: Gateway Trail, Ridge Trail, bushwhack
DISTANCE: 1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 250 Ft.
HIKING TIME: 40 minutes
DATE: September 28, 2014
WEATHER: Sunny, warm
PARKING: Parking can be fount at the playing fields behind Merrimack Middle School off Madeline Bennett Drive.
USGS QUAD: USGS South Merrimack Quad
MAP: (Merrimack HighPoint)
Drive past the entrance to Merrimack Middle School and park at the lot providing access to the soccer fields. The gravel access road called the Gateway Trail makes a S pattern and continues 0.45 miles to the Ridge Trail entrance. The Ridge Trail is marked with a vertical sign post on the left. After 0.04 miles the ridge trail exits left and a path continues straight. Drop and cross the culvert continuing on this unparked trail 0.11 miles to a 'end of trail' sign and rocks blocking passage of wheeled vehicles. Continue walking another 0.2 miles to a trail merge. Bear right and begin your gradual ascent. After 0.55 miles you reach the height of land and the true summit is a few hundred feet to the left. The summit was marked with a glass jar and small log book. Most registries were accidental finds by local hunters.
|Gateway Trail - Ridge Trail||0.35 Mi||0.35 Mi|
|Ridge Trail - End of Ridge Trail||0.1 Mi||0.45 Mi|
|End of Ridge Trail - Summit||0.45 Mi||0.90 Mi|
|Summit - Parking||0.90 Mi||1.8 Mi|
|Gateway Trail - Ridge Trail||10 min||10 min|
|Ridge Trail - End of Ridge Trail||2 min||12 min|
|End of Ridge Trail - Summit||8 min||20 min|
|Summit - Parking||18 min||30 min|
NOTES / COMMENTS:
After examining Google Earth and topo maps, I expected to bushwhack approximately 0.4 miles. It was a pleasant surprise to find such a well defined trail system leading a few hundred feet from the summit. Coming from the height of land you'll need to bushwhack a few hundred feet over a false summit to the true summit marked with a small cairn. I was extremely surprised to find a canister jar at the summit. The entries were all from local hunters who stumbled upon the HP. I didn't see any hiking names or reports from people intentionally trying to find the high point.
|The Gateway and Ridge Trail junction.|
|Merrimack NH Highpoint|