VIA DERRYFIELD PARK AND RESERVIOR RD. From I-93, get off on Exit 8 Bridge and held west towards Manchester, NH. Go roughly a half-mile over the crest of the ridge and you see a parking area and a ball field on your right. You want to park there and then walk down that that street until you hit a wooded traffic circle. The blocked dirt path will be the trail that will take you to the observatory.
This another trail in the Manchester area that provide good views with very little effort. The trail, which begin at the wooded traffic circle on Reservoir Rd. travels up a 0.2 mile sustained moderate pitch to the Observatory on the summit. Once at the observatory walk on the side trail past the decorative memorial cannons to the fence of the water treatment facility. Views open to the west there with views of the Uncanoonucs and the west side of Manchester.
Continue to traveling on the main trail on a slight downward decent roughly 0.1miles and there will be the lift of McIntyre Ski Area with great views to the north.
This section can be hiked in winter and make a great snowshoe hike just after a heavy snowstorm. Check snow depth and ice conditions in winter. Even in very deep snow this trail is managable without equipment. Still snowshoes in deep snow and yaltrax or crampons in icy conditions definitely makes the short hike more enjoyable.
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