Mt. Tremont via Mount Tremont Trail

Mountain:  Mt. Tremont (3371')
Trail:  Mount Tremont Trail
Region:  NH - Central East  
White Mountain National Forest, Carrigain Region
Location:  Harts Location, NH
Rating:  Moderate/Difficult  
Features:  Summit, views, brook
Distance:  5.6 miles  
Elevation Gain:  2600 feet (cumulative)  
Hiking Time:  Actual: 4:30   Typical: 4:05  
Outing Duration:  Typical: 5:30  
Season:  Summer
Hike Date:  09/22/2007 (Saturday)  
Last Updated:  08/15/2008  
Author:  A Seacoast Dayhiker
Companion:  Nine SDHers

Route Summary   

View down to Sawyer Pond (photo by Sue Murphy) This is a hike to Mount Tremont's small summit area that offers views to the nearby peaks as well as Sawyer Pond down below. Both the ascent and descent are via Mount Tremont Trail which doesn't intersect with any other official trails.

  • The beginning section of Mount Tremont Trail follows the west side of Stony Brook which has some cascades.
  • After 1.0 mile, you will reach the top of a ridge.
  • The next half-mile section includes a level section which crosses a logging road and then works its way through a blowdown section caused by the windstorm of December 1980. Most of the fallen trees have been cleared from the trail itself but there is still some dodging of trunks required. Pay attention to the trail blazes so you don't get off track.
  • The final 1.8 mile section of the trail starts out by crossing a tributary to Stony Brook and then climbs more steeply and roughly before finally arriving at the small, ledgy summit.
  • Return by retracing your steps down the same trail.

Place         Split
Mount Tremont Trailhead on Rt. 302 (820') 0.0 0.0 0:00 0:00
Mt. Tremont summit (3371') 2.8 2.8 2:30 2:30
Mount Tremont Trailhead on Rt. 302 (820') 2.8 5.6 2:00 4:30


On the summit of Mt. Tremont (photo by Sue Murphy)

Fungi growing on a tree trunk (photo by Sue Murphy)


Map of hike route on Mt. Tremont (map by Webmaster)

Trail Guide   

Navigating around the blowdown (photo by Sue Murphy) On an unusually balmy day, nine hikers and two dogs started out in dense, low cloud cover (with the promise of clearing skies). Shortly after leaving the cars, several people had to remove layers of fleece and long-sleeved shirts due to the warm air temperature. The trail followed alongside Stony Brook for about the first mile or so, at a relatively gradual grade. There were pockets of beautiful foliage along the brook and some blowdowns we had to crawl over or under.

After about 1.5 miles we started to climb more steeply. The trail made several winding switchbacks and at times went straight up through dense forest (the AMC book described it as "moderate" - all tended to disagree!). There were views of Crawford Notch and Route 302 on the way up. If it hadn't been so hazy, we would have had some nice views of Mount Washington. The sun had come out about halfway up, and the humidity was high, which made the climbing more difficult. We all lost several pounds in sweat alone!

The first group to reach the summit made it in 2.5 hours (just under "book time" of 2 hours and 40 minutes). There was a different group of hikers already at the summit that were preparing to leave, so we waited and claimed their spot on the rocky summit for lunch. Through the haze we could pick out several peaks and Sawyer Pond to the south. There was much discussion (and confusion) as to where "south" was. Mark got us oriented with his compass (thanks Mark). A slight breeze provided a bit of welcome cooling while we ate lunch (and kept most of the bugs away).

On the summit of Mt. Tremont (photo by Sue Murphy) Crossing Stony Brook (photo by Sue Murphy)

The trip down proved to be a little "bumpy" for some, due to the rocks and roots made slick by all the humidity. We were back at the cars after two hours of hiking down. The ice cream spot we had planned to stop at in Bartlett was closed for the season (much to everyone's dismay). At that point we said our goodbyes, as half the group was headed over to I-93 and the other half down Route 16. Both groups managed to find an alternate ice cream spot on their way home. All felt it was a good day - though a bit unusual to have such a hazy, hot, and humid day so late in September.


NH - Central East

  Spaghnum moss (photo by Sue Murphy) Driving Directions   

The trailhead is located in Harts Location on the south side of Rt. 302, 0.5 mile west of Sawyer Rock Picnic Area. This is east of Crawford Notch State Park and west of Bartlett.

There is parking on the north side of Rt. 302, opposite the trailhead.

Other Notes   

WMNF Recreational Pass

A parking permit is required to park at White Mountain National Forest trailheads and parking areas. You can purchase a WMNF permit from the forest service and other vendors and can also pay-by-the-day using self-service kiosks located in many parking areas.

For more information on parking passes please refer to the White Mountain National Forest website.

  • $5 per day
  • $30 for a year-long pass
  • $40 for a year for a household
At the Mt. Tremont trailhead (photo by Sue Murphy) Fall color (photo by Sue Murphy)

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