Hooksett Pinnacle

Hooksett, NH
Length: 0.80 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 4    Average: 4/5]

The small but very pointed Hooksett Pinnacle has directional views over the town of Hooksett and the Merrimack River. The trail begins at the recently-created Pinnacle Park. Starting at a park sign on the right side of the parking area, follow the path through a grassy area and into the woods. In 0.1 miles, turn left at a “Summit” sign. The main trail soon ascends a steep pitch, while Switchback Trail turns right at the base and rejoins at the top. At an unsigned four-way junction (with the top of Switchback Trail on the right), turn left to stay on the main trail while a more gradual alternative route continues straight. The alternative route can be used as a loop descent. The main trail climbs moderately for 0.1 miles, then joins the alternative route just below the summit. Here, the sharp top of the pinnacle is seen ahead. The trail, now a much wider path, circles around the right side of the summit and ascends from the back.

The view is short-range, overlooking the town of Hooksett and the Merrimack River, and is a fine reward for the minimal effort required. Exploration of the small summit will lead to discovery of a few more views. For a loop descent, bear left onto the alternative route where the main trail narrows and goes right (this turn can be hard to see, so following the alternative route on the way down is easier anyway). In 0.1 miles, reach a gate and turn right. You will soon be back at the four-way junction.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 200 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Hooksett Pinnacle is a lightly trafficked trail located near Hooksett, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dog friendly trail!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

The parking area is 0.1 miles up Pinnacle Street, signed as “Pinnacle Park”.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 4    Average: 4/5]

Hike it Baby Trail Guide is managed by the Family Trail Guide team. If a trail has been “abandoned” by the initial owner, it gets adopted by the team. Also, if there are no trails in the area, the Family Trail Guide team researches trails that are family friendly in the area to insure that hikes cover all areas where Hike it Baby hikes.


Trail Map

Getting There

Trailhead and parking area are on Pinnacle Street in Hooksett, NH. From Rt. 93, take exit 11 to Hackett Hill Road. Turn left and drive 0.3 miles to Rt. 3A. Turn left again and go 0.5 miles, then turn left onto Pinnacle Street. The parking area is 0.1 miles up Pinnacle Street, signed as “Pinnacle Park”.