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25 August 2020

A Cliff on Mt. Hutchins in the Pilot Mountain Range near Lancaster, NH


Upon reviewing my past blog postings, it was very surprising to find that I had never included a bushwhack adventure from a few years ago when I visited a huge cliff NE of Lancaster, NH.  The cliff is located in the Pilot Mountain Range on the NW side of Hutchins Mountain.

As far as I can determine, this cliff lacks an officially-assigned name.  It seems a bit odd that it would be unnamed since it is such a dominant feature on the landscape.  If perchance any reader of this blog knows of a name for this cliff, please let me know, even if it’s only an unofficial name used by the locals.

This cliff resides within the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF).  However, there are no official trails leading to it, nor did I come across any bootleg trails during my trek.  Although it would be a very long approach route, you could bushwhack to this place completely on WMNF public land.  Thankfully, my trek was shortened by having the good fortune of being granted permission by a local landowner to begin my trek on a parcel of private land along Lost Nation Road.

The location of the cliff is labeled near the center of the map shown below.  Its GPS coordinates are: 44.5545, -71.4735.



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One Day in America said...

That cliff face looks pretty scary from the front! I'm glad you approached it from the back and found a nice, relatively safe surface on top.
The views from the top of the cliff are amazing! And I assume that because there is no trail it's a place you had all to yourself—my kind of place!
Thanks for including this "long-lost" trek in your blog, John!

1HappyHiker said...

Hi Rita,

Yes, you are absolutely right about me having the entire cliff top to myself. And, I saw no telltale wear patterns to suggest that that this place receives much, if any, human foot traffic. This is probably not too surprising since the cliff is in a location that is a bit removed from popular hiking destinations. Also, the bushwhack to this cliff is a bit more arduous than a normal bushwhack, assuming any bushwhack is “normal”. Ha ha! :-)

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