In mid-November 2018, I visited Stevens Point which is located a little over a mile ENE of Gorham, NH. When driving along Route 2, you can see the open ledges on this little peak.
If you have a yearning to visit these ledges, then a bushwhack is required since there are no trails that will lead you there. However, if you aren’t passionate about bushwhacking, then you might want to forego this adventure. Especially since views similar to those from Stevens Point can be obtained by on-trail hikes to nearby destinations in Shelburne, NH, such as Mt. Crag, Mt. Ingalls, Bald Cap Peak, etc.
On the map shown below, Stevens Point is highlighted in yellow near the center of the map. And a red arrow points to my starting point for the bushwhack which was at the end of a logging road that branches off Hogan Road. This trek was generally through open hardwoods. It was steep, but short (only about one-mile, round-trip).
|Stevens Point is highlighted in yellow near the center of the map shown above.|
Shown below are a few photos that I took on my bushwhack adventure to Stevens Point.
|From the ledges on Stevens Point, there is this eastward view overlooking Reflection Pond, and the Androscoggin River Valley with mountains in western Maine in the distance.|
|From the ledges on Stevens Point, there is this WSW view toward peaks in the northern Presidential Range. Would be a nicer view on a day when there was less cloud cover.|
|The vista shown above is also available from the ledges on Stevens Point. This has particular significance to me since one of the trails that I maintain leads to the ledges on Bald Cap Peak which can be seen near the top center of this photo.|
|I also hiked upward along the side of this cascade and took this photo. The cascade is too large to fit into a single shot, and so I had to settle for just a slice of it. :-)|
|Here is a photo of the bridge washout on Hogan Road. It’s located about 1.3 miles west from North Road. (This did NOT have any impact on my trek since my point of departure from Hogan Road was a few hundred feet BEFORE the washout.)|
|And lastly, shown above is one of many picturesque segments of Hogan Road that I experienced along my way.|
TO SUM IT UP:
This was a very enjoyable little adventure that provided several pleasant views. And, this trek was further enhanced by finding a lovely cascade that was totally unexpected. Unanticipated discoveries are one of the many aspects of bushwhacking that I find appealing. So, in a way, bushwhacking is like a box of chocolates . . . you never know what you’re going to get! :-)