You might like this blog posting if you take pleasure in bushwhacking just for the fun of it, and enjoy visiting places that are new to you . . . but otherwise . . . then maybe not so much! :-)
This small adventure took place a few miles east of Stark, NH in early July 2016. The destination was a place called Location Hill. I've been unable to locate any documentation regarding the derivation of this rather unusual name.
Shown below is a map with a large red arrow pointing to Location Hill. As I understand it, the more traditional bushwhack route to this little mountain is to park at junction of Kelly Rd and FR 64B, and then do about a 1-mile trek up the western slope of Location Hill. However, for no particular reason, I opted to launch my bushwhack from the public WMNF land that touches highway NH-110. From there, I trekked about 1-mile southwards to the viewless summit, and then continued onward a few hundred feet to a ledge (44°35'58"N, 71°20'41"W) where there are some limited views.
The route I used was generally easygoing, with just a few gnarly sections here and there. Plus, there were a few bands of small cliffs which were easy to work around. Shown below is one of the small band of cliffs.
On the north side of Location Hill, not far from the summit, I came across the pool of water shown in the next photo. Upon seeing it, I thought this looked like it would be a nice "moose hangout" spot. Then, lo and behold, one of my Facebook friends posted a comment indicating that he had indeed once seen a moose at this watering hole!
The next two photos show vistas from the small ledge located a few hundred feet SE of the summit of Location Hill.
|High peaks on the distant horizon include Shelburne-Moriah mountains, and North and Middle Carter|
|Bumps on the horizon include (L to R): Square Mountain; Rogers Ledge; North Peak; The Horn; Mt. Cabot. Plus, a small slice of Rocky Pond is seen in foreground at bottom right.|
After the bushwhack to Location Hill, I drove to the nearby South Pond Recreation Area. By trekking off-trail for a few tenths of a mile along the western shore of South Pond, I got the perspective shown in the next photo.
|Location Hill is at far RIGHT. The larger mountain seen in the distance at far LEFT consists mainly of the sprawling mass of Long Mountain.|
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