VIA UNCANOONUC NATURE TRAIL AND CABLE CAR ROUTE: From 114 roughly a mile east of the center of Goffstown. Take Wallace road passed Goffstown High School for 1.5 miles until you reach Mountain Base Rd. take a right on Mountain Base Road. Take the road through the wooded residential neighborhood until you reach Uncanoonuc Lake. The trail is just behind the beach.
Cable Car Route
Elevation gain 600'
One way distance: 0.6 miles
The Cable Car Route is the most direct route to the summit. The trail itself is very steep and steady will no clear breaking of the steep grades until you reach near the summit. Footing on the path can be very hard do to the fact of the loose rocks and pebbles left over from when this route used to run cable cars.
The trail begin in the parking area to the left of the Uncanoonac Nature Trail. It begins at a moderate grade and crosses over a bridge at about 200 yards from the trailhead. The trail from this point steepens rapidly and travels along the left side of the mountains. It continues this pace for most of the trail. At about 0.5 miles there are two sets of overlooks on your right. One is the merger of the Uncanoonac Trail and another looks like a clearcut. Both viewing areas give amazing views of Manchester, NH and the sorrounding hills. The trail then moderate has it hits the top. Just before reaching the summit it will pass by a residential area on the left. Soon the trail will merge will a road which will go up 100 yards to the summit. Though the true summit is blocked of by fences, you can tour around all the cell towers (no good view).
This is a very steep trail with grades ranging at about 35 to 45 degrees. Therefore I would highly recommend crampons to snowshoe on this trail in winter. I don't though think this trail warrants an ice axe, however do use caution descending in icy conditions.
In summer essential hiking gear such as water, hiking boots, etc. is all that is needed.
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