|The 1730 foot Rose Mountain summit|
DESTINATION: The Pinnacle, Rose Mountain, Lyndeborough Mountain
ELEVATION: 1703 feet, 1730 feet, 1650 feet
THE PINNACE SUMMIT COORDINATES: N42 55.659, W71 47.550
ROSE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT COORDINATES: N42 55.940, W71 48.308
LYNDEBOROUGH MTN SUMMIT COORDINATES: N42 55.693, W71 47.934
TRAIL: unnamed trail, snowmobile corridor, summit spur paths
DISTANCE: 3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 470 feet
HIKING TIME: 1 hour 10 minutes
DATE: September 2, 2013
WEATHER: Rain, hot and humid
PARKING: From route 31 take Center road for 2.5 miles to Lyndeborough. Turn left onto Mountain road and follow it for 2 miles. The trailhead is on the left side of the road. There is room for 3-4 cars along the side of the road.
USGS QUAD: USGS Greenfield Quad
MAP: (The Pinnacle) (Lyndeborough Mtn.) (Rose Mountain)
From parking on mountain road follow the unnamed trail as it ascends a knob then drops steeply to a stream crossing, turns and ascends over an easy grade to the junction with Helen's trail. Continue on the named trail as it ascends a short and steep pitch through hardwoods soon emerging to the 1703 foot, The Pinnacle summit proper. The summit is marked with a cairn. The summit is mostly open and provides views towards Lyndeborough Mountain and Rose Mountain. Follow the snowmobile corridor as it winds it's way around the pinnacle summit area drops to the eastern side of the col, makes a sharp turn to the west and continues through the col. The snowmobile corridor makes a sharp right, merges with another corridor and passes the spur path to Lyndeborough Mountain. The spur path ascends a short pitch to the open summit where good views to the Pinnacle can be seen. Continue following the looping snowmobile corridor as it winds it's way towards the eastern side of Rose mountain, turns left and follows a contour on the southern slope winding it's way west to a merge with the Rose Mountain spur. The summit is a short 0.2 miles away. Rose mountain is the highest peak of the three and offers the best views of the area. The summit highpoint is a obvious rock bump that stands a few feet taller than it's surrounding.
|Parking - The Pinnacle||0.4 miles||0.4 miles|
|The Pinnacle - Lyndeborough Mtn.||0.5 miles||0.9 miles|
|Lyndeborough Mtn. - Rose Mtn.||0.8 miles||1.7 miles|
|Parking - The Pinnacle||15 minutes||15 minutes|
|The Pinnacle - Lyndeborough Mtn.||10 minutes||25 minutes|
|Lyndeborough Mtn. - Rose Mtn.||15 minutes||40 minutes|
|Rose Mtn. - Parking||30 minutes||1 hour 10 minutes|
NOTES / COMMENTS:
Rose Mountain is the 9th highest peak in Hillsborough County and 374th highest peak in New Hampshire. It is typically accessed from Mountain Road where a unnamed trail leads over "the Pinnacle and a snowmowbile corridor continues across the nearby Lyndeborough Mtn. summit and leads to Rose Mountain.
Trailhead on Mountain Rd.
Cairn at the Pinnacle summit - 1703 feet
Snowmobile corridor trail junction leading to Rose Mtn.
Fire pit at the Lyndeborough Mtn. summit.