|Mt. Muise summit|
DESTINATION: Mt. Muise
ELEVATION: 3615 Feet
SUMMIT COORDINATES: N44 47.151, W71 22.672
TRAIL: Cohos Trail, bushwhack
DISTANCE: 3.7 miles (one way)
ELEVATION GAIN: 1550 feet
HIKING TIME: 3.5 hours
DATE: August 13, 2017
WEATHER: 60 Degrees, overcast, off and on rain
PARKING: From Route 3 in Groveton follow route 110 for 2.6 miles to Emerson Road. Continue on Emerson road staying right at the 1.5 mile Y junction to it's terminus at 2.2 miles. Turn left onto Nash Stream Road (gated in winter) and follow it 11.0 miles to a hunting camp and dual gated Y intersection at it's end.
Driving time from Manchester is approximately 3 hours 15 minutes. Plan on 20-30 minutes on Nash Stream Rd itself.
USGS QUAD: USGS Bunnell Mountain Quad
MAP: (Mt. Muise)
During the research process I found the Cohos Trail map one of the best resources available and would recommend picking up a copy.
From parking take a left at the Y junction following the Cohos Trail along a woods road. The trail is wide enough for a vehicle and at the time of my trek the grassy road was recently mowed. Follow the Cohos Trail for 3 miles to the open field where the mowed path stops and trail becomes a single track just before the crossing of Nash Stream. This is where the dashed road markers end on most topo maps. Find an open area and begin the bushwhack. The first 200 feet were scrappy but the woods opened up nicely to moose trails through fern glades for most of the 0.75 miles. The last pitch to the summit was steep through scrappy and thicker woods. Footing becomes slippery over moss covered stones and downed trees. The summit is an obvious highpoint marked with a small cairn and summit canister containing only enough room for 1-2 people.
|Cohos trail to Nash Stream crossing||3.0 miles||3.0 miles|
|Nash Stream crossing - Summit||0.75 miles||3.75 miles|
|Cohos trail to Nash Stream crossing||1 hour||1 hour|
|Nash Stream crossing - Summit||45 min||1 hour 45 min|
|Summit - Nash Stream crossing||30 min||2 hours 15 min|
|Cohos trail to parking||1 hour||3 hours 15 min|
NOTES / COMMENTS:
At 3615 feet Mt. Muise is the 83rd highest peak in New Hampshire and #45 on the 100 most prominent. It's incorrectly listed as Whitcomb Mountain on Peakbagger.com. Follow the Cohos Trail a significant distance then bushwhack is a straight line southwest to the summit making the bushwhack to Mt. Muise a good experience for the novice whacker to hone their map and compass skills. Starting the bushwhack slightly before the crossing of Nash Stream should make for open woods and a plethora of herd paths leading most of the way to the summit. The summit highpoint was an obvious bump containing a PVC canister and small cairn. There are occasional directional views from the open fields along the Cohos Trail, the summit contains no views.
|The gate at the end of Nash Stream Rd and Cohos Trail|
|Mt. Muise summit canister|
|Fern-whacking on descent|