Trail

Pitcher Mountain

Stoddard, NH
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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There are two main trails up Pitcher Mountain, both under a mile, making these trails great for quick hikes or kids just starting out. The main trail (0.6miles) is the White Blaze trail which is also part of the 50 mile Monadnock Sunapee Greenway that runs from Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey to Mount Sunapee in Newbury. This trail follows the old access road, which is now closed to cars. The trail is very easy to follow and wide great for letting kids loose and run! The first section offers great footing on packed dirt, however as you turn the corner, the 0.2 miles becomes slightly more difficult, as the road now turns onto rocks, similar to an old creek bed and becomes a bit steeper. At the top of this second section, there is a nice tock to stop to take a break and enjoy a directional view over the farm below. It should be noted that near this area, an electric fence for the cow pasture is present. Always assume electric fences are live.

After taking in the views the trail turns up its final 0.2m section and starts to resemble a mountain hiking trail, the road disappears and becomes narrower. On your right, you will pass the old Fire Warden’s Cabin. It is now closed off but is a fun place for a photo opportunity on the porch. From here the fire tower is clearly visible and is just a very short distance away. Young children will enjoy the short rocky scramble up to the top, while most adults should be able to walk easily up to the top.

At the top, you are greeted with a large 25-foot tall fire tower. If the warden is there, he will often invite hikers into the lookout cabin at the top. From there you can learn about his work and how they spot towers and communicate with other observers to get a location of a fire. If the warden is not there, you can still climb the tower, but the cabin will be closed off.  You do not need to climb the tower to take in the views. On really clear days, views can reach the White Mountains!

Below the tower, there are grassy areas for picnics as well as large boulders kids will enjoy climbing. However, aside from the tower, the biggest draw to the summit is the endless blueberry patch. Blueberries used to be cultivated here, and they have since been abandoned and offer up free snacks to all those who visit in the summer months.

To return back to the trailhead, either retrace your steps back down the same way you came, or opt to take the Blue-Blazed trail which is short and steep, or continue on the Monadnock Sunapee Greenway trail, which will bring you out through even move blueberry bushes and directional views and then down to a second access road which then after turning left on to it is a short walk down to the trailhead.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 300 ft.
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

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Lyndsey started hiking when her daughter Aubrey (5)  was just a few months old. Lyndsey and Aubrey have been hiking together for almost 5 years now and have made some impressive climbs over those years. Lyndsey has been an ambassador for Hike it Baby since January 2015. They live in the Monadnock Region of NH and they have many small mountains to hike all around them and they venture the two hours north to the White Mountain National Forest as often as they can. Lyndsey and Aubrey started their NH 48 4,000 footer list when Aubrey was just 3.5 years old. To date, they have completed 2/48. They have been working on the NH 52 with a View list as well and have completed 7/52. 

Hiking had such a huge influence on getting over PPD that she wanted to help other local parents get out on the trails and build a community that is different from the other typical mom groups. Over the years she has learned so much about hiking with young children, from picking different carriers to choosing trails for toddlers. She wants to share her knowledge to help others, as this information was impossible to find when she was just starting out hiking with Aubrey!

Lyndsey also writes for her own personal blog www.summitmommy.com that chronicles her and Aubrey’s hiking adventures together as well as offers articles and trail suggestions for families hiking in New Hampshire!