|View of Mt. Weeks from the Terrace summit|
DESTINATION: Terrace Mountain
ELEVATION: 3655 Feet
SUMMIT COORDINATES: N44 28.637, W71 23.719
TRAIL: Bunnell Notch Trail, Kilkenny Ridge trail
DISTANCE: 4.9 miles one way
ELEVATION GAIN: 2155 Feet
HIKING TIME: 4 hours 30 minutes
SEASON: Early spring
DATE: April 14, 2017
WEATHER: 45 degrees, clear skies
PARKING: Parking can be found at the end of York Pond Rd past the Berlin Fish hatchery. This area is gated and posted open from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM however I arrived shortly after 7 AM and found the gate opened and buried in snow. It appears the gate hasn't been moved in a long time. The trailhead is clearly marked and contains room for 4 to 5 cars. There is ample overflow parking roadside.
Driving time from Manchester is approximately 2 hours 45 minutes
USGS QUAD: USGS Jefferson quad
DESCRIPTION: Follow the Bunnell Trail 0.2 miles to the merge and departure of the York Pond trail. Continue on the Bunnell trail (right) as it descends and crosses minor streams that should be rock hoppable in most conditions. After approximately 1 mile and 25 minutes of hiking the Bunnell trail departs the logging road at a signed junction. From here the trail begins it's ascent paralleling the West Branch of the Upper Ammonoosuc River. There are dozens of minor tributaries flowing into the main corridor which makes the Bunnell trail muddy and keeping your feet dry will be moderately challenging. The trail is one of the main corridors to access Mt. Cabot and although poorly marked and blazed, foot travel makes the main trail relatively easy to follow. After 3.0 miles you reach the Bunnell notch height of land and the junction of the Kilkenny Ridge trail.
The Kilkenny Ridge trail departs left and is poorly marked with faded mustard colored blazes. With snow on the ground I struggled to follow the Kilkenny Ridge trail and found I followed trail for 100 yards then would lose it for anywhere from 20 to 200 feet before finding the corridor or cut tree branches and recognized trail. A short ascent takes you over the signed North Terrace summit then descends the col before gradually ascending Middle Terrace. The summit is a short distance off trail but easily attainable and recognizable. There are no markings on the Middle terrace summit. Descend the col and begin the ascent up Terrace proper. After 1.9 miles you reach a sign junction and 0.1 mile spur trail to the 3655 foot Terrace summit. The summit is not marked and offers directional views towards the Weeks to the south and Cabot to the north.
To make a nice loop descend 1.1 miles to the York Pond Trail. Follow the York Pond trail 2.4 miles to the junction with the Bunnell trail mentioned above and a short 0.2 mile stint back to parking.
Due to the poorly marked trails and lack of recent visitors I had concerns of potential trail breaking for approximately 3.5 miles and I chose to return by retracing my steps and descending the Bunnell Trail. Distance was slightly longer however following my tracks in the snow and the broken out Bunnell Trail was too tempting to resist.
|Bunnell Notch Trail - Kilkenny Ridge trail junction||3.0 miles||3.0 miles|
|Kilkenny Ridge Trail - North Terrace Summit||0.6 miles||3.6 miles|
|North Terrace Summit - Middle Terrace||0.5 miles||4.1 miles|
|Middle Terrace - Terrace Mountain spur||0.7 miles||4.8 miles|
|Terrace Mountain Spur - Terrace Summit||0.1 miles||4.9 miles|
|Terrace Summit - Kilkenny Ridge trail junciton||0.1 miles||5.0 miles|
|Kilkenny Ridge Trail - Bunnell Trail Junction||1.8 miles||6.8 miles|
|Bunnell Trail - Parking||3.0 miles||9.8 miles|
|Bunnell Notch Trail - Kilkenny Ridge trail junction||1 hour 25 minutes||1 hour 25 minutes|
|Kilkenny Ridge Trail - North Terrace Summit||25 minutes||1 hour 50 minutes|
|North Terrace Summit - Middle Terrace||15 minutes||2 hours 5 minutes|
|Middle Terrace - Terrace Mountain spur||15 minutes||2 hours 20 minutes|
|Terrace Mountain Spur - Terrace Summit||5 minutes||2 hours 25 minutes|
|Terrace Summit - Kilkenny Ridge trail junciton||5 minutes||2 hours 30 minutes|
|Kilkenny Ridge Trail - Bunnell Trail Junction||45 minutes||3 hours 15 minutes|
|Bunnell Trail - Parking||1 hour 5 minutes||4 hours 20 minutes|
NOTES / COMMENTS:
At 3655 Feet Terrace Mountain is ranked #79 on the list of New Hampshire 100 highest mountains. It is also #79 on the YMCA Alpine club list. North Terrace is marked with a summit sign on the Kilkenny Ridge trail. There are no views. According to the White Mountain Guide North Terrace mountain contains a small clearing intended for helicopter landings. I was unable to locate the clearing however it wasn't the purpose of my visit and I didn't look very hard.
Middle Terrace is a obvious bump in the trail however not prominent enough to be counted on any lists. There are reduced views due to tree growth from it's summit.
Terrace Mountain has a col depth over 500 feet and reached bu a 0.1 mile spur trail. The summit is not marked but the obvious high-point offers limited directional views to the North and south.
|Bunnell Trail head on York Pond Road|
|Terrace mountain from Bunnell trail|
|Mt. Cabot through white birch trees|
|Directional view of the Horn|