Hedgehog mountain

A new location for me.

Today was a beautiful fall day, with blue skies and a hint of oranges and reds scattered through the hardwood forests on the slopes of the White Mountains. I had a slow start to my morning but wanted to visit a new place, so I selected Hedgehog Mountain from the list of “52 with a view”. I’m surprised I’d never heard of it before, though it is located in the center of the Whites and is a close neighbor of some of the better-known four-thousand footers.

David on the East Ledges of Hedgehog Mountain;
Mount Chocorua is the rocky knob to right of center.

The “UNH trail” makes a loop up and over several ledgy outlooks, including some near the summit of this short peak – only 2,543′ in elevation – but the views are far better than many of those higher peaks. Each ledge looks in a different direction, some with close-up views of Passaconaway or the Tripyramids, and others with more distant views across the Kancamagus valley to Carrigain and behind; the Franconia Range even peeks out above some of the closer ridgelines. It was fun to see some of my recent peaks, like my hikes of the Tripyramids (2021) and Chocorua (2018) from a different viewpoint.

The trail was popular today – and the parking lot slightly overflowing – but nothing like the high peaks. (The cars at the Lincoln Woods trailhead spilled out along the main road for half a mile.) Friendly people, many with their equally friendly dogs, cheerfully shared the trails today, enjoying the warm sun on the rocky ledges. A worthwhile expedition, to be sure. See the gallery!

Hike stats:
distance: 7.94km
time: 2h33m with a pause at every ledge
gain: 397m

Author: dfkotz

David Kotz is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, husband, and father of three. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

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