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12 April 2016

Hiking the John Wolter Trail in East Haverhill, NH

In early April 2016, it was a brand new experience for me to hike along the John Wolter Trail in East Haverhill, NH.  This trail is part of the Upper Valley Stewardship Center's system of trails which are open to hikers, skiers, snowshoers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.  Use of the trails is free, but donations are appreciated.  (Click HERE for more information.)

Parking for the John Wolter Trail is available on the south side of Route 25, less than a tenth mile east of Lime Kiln Road.  The image shown below was obtained using Google Earth's "Street View" feature.  It shows the turnoff to the trailhead from Route 25.

Shown below is a trail map.  As of the time this report was written, a PDF version of the trail map could be obtained by clicking HERE.  

The next image shows a Google Earth image and a topo map, both of which have an overlay of the GPS track for my trek along the John Wolter Trail.

The one-way distance for my hike along the John Wolter trail was 2.3 miles with an elevation gain of about 1,250 ft.  The first 1.3 miles consisted of a wide, crushed stone corridor with grades ranging from mild to moderate.  The last 1.0 mile was a wide grassy corridor with grades that are moderately steep.

As shown in the next photo, the John Wolter Trail, and its side trails, were well marked. 

The next photo was taken from one of the several eastward-facing viewpoints as you progress upward on the John Wolter Trail.  The vista includes (left to right) Black Mountain (Benton); Sugarloaf; Hogsback; Blueberry Mountain; Mt. Moosilauke.

Although there are plans to eventually extend the John Wolter Trail to allow for a loop hike, the trail currently ends just below the summit of a 2,053 ft peak that is officially unnamed.  However, it is known to peakbaggers as Lake Constance Mountain or Lake Constance Peak.

You can get many fine views by hiking just the first 1.3 miles of the John Wolter Trail.  However, the most expansive view is obtained by hiking the additional 1.0 mile of trail to the point where it currently ends.  The next photo shows the vista from that point.  It includes (left to right) Black Mountain (partially obscured by trees); Sugarloaf; Hogsback; Blueberry Mountain; Mt. Clough; Mt. Moosilauke; Owls Head cliff; Oliverian Pond.

Shown below is a zoomed view of snow-capped Mt. Moosilauke, Owls Head cliff, and Oliverian Pond (as viewed from end of John Wolter Trail).

At various points along the John Wolter Trail, there are rustic cabins that can be reserved through the Upper Valley Stewardship Center (click HERE).



One Day in America said...

Another great trail in your area, John. And there's Lake Constance again!
Those cabins look pretty rustic, but what great views. I wonder if you can rent them year-round?

1HappyHiker said...

Rita, although I don’t know this for a fact, I highly suspect that these cabins can be rented year-round.

Anyone wishing to make inquires about these cabins can telephone the Upper Valley Stewardship Center at: (603) 989-5375.