Sunday, November 16, 2014

Merrimack NH Highpoint (Unnamed) - 512 Ft

STATE: New Hampshire
TOWN: Merrimack
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
SEASON: Summer
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)




DESCRIPTION:

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.

TRAIL DISTANCES:

HIKING DISTANCES
DESTINATION
DISTANCE TOTAL DIST.
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


HIKING TIMES:

HIKING TIMES
DESTINATION
TIME TOTAL TIME
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



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