Hall Mountain the highest elevation in Bear Brook State Park in Candia, New Hampshire is popular local hike for many people in the Merrrimack Valley region. Though not truely a mountain in any significant measure this summit comes with many splendors, including a decent view, and delicious summer blueberries.
Hall Mountain can be summited via the easy Class 1 Hall Mtn. trail. The trail itself transforms from a summer hiking trail to a winter snowmobile trail. Hall Mountain is one of the few mountains that can be summit in April (mud season) without significant erosion. With a total roundtrip approach of 2.0 miles this summit can and should be done during the morning or the evenings when the best pictures can be taken.
HALL MTN. VIA PODUNK RD.: From Route 27 in Candia. Held on Route 27 West from Candia and roughly three miles outside of the center of town make a right on Merrill Road. Take Merrill Road roughly two miles until it intersect with North Rd. Go right on North Rd. which will turn into New Boston Road. Make a left on Podunk and stay on Podunk Road past Currier Rd. It will turn into a dirt road. Keep on Podunk Rd until you reach the blocked off road. Be sure not to block off the intersection.
From Podunk Road there is no permit required. However the rest of Bear Brook State Park requires a fee.
When To Climb
Hall Mtn. can be summited all year including April. There is a mud season but little trail erosion will happen on what is already a snowmobile trail in winter. For summit views November to April are the best times to go because the summit views are quickly becoming covered by trees. During winter uses cauton on the trail due to snowmobilers.
Hall Mountain is an easy one-two hour hike make there little reason for camping. However Bear Brook State Park has a State Campground (fee). Contact Bear Brook Campground at (603)485-9869.
Contact Bear Brook State Park at (603) 485-9869 and check the links section of this page
The place where the photos were taken (and the survey marker was before someone stole it) was at the 925' summit here http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?z=19&n=4773954&e=307986&size=s&datum=nad83&layer=DRG25
The trail circles around the 941' peak, you need to bushwhack at least .1 miles to get there