New Hampshire’s Great North Woods might be best known for activities such as hunting, fishing and snowmobiling, but it’s also home to some great hikes.
Perhaps the region’s best hike is a climb up Mount Magalloway, a 3,383-foot peak that rewards hikers with enjoyable trails, spectacular views and none of the crowds you sometimes find in the White Mountains.
A climb up Magalloway can be done as a loop hike of just over two miles. On the summit, hikers can access a fire tower, look down at miles of the region’s unspoiled wilderness and enjoy views extending into Vermont, Maine and Quebec.
To reach Mount Magalloway from Lopstick, drive north to Magalloway Road, then follow Magalloway Road for 5 miles. You’ll then turn at the sign for Mount Magalloway and continue for another 3 miles. The trailhead is at the end of the road.
Two well-marked trails lead to Magalloway’s summit – Coot Trail and Bobcat Trail – and together they form an enjoyable loop hike.
The Coot Trail follows an old fire warden’s Jeep road to the summit. The trail has a couple of rough, eroded spots with a few steep sections. It’s roughly .8 miles and climbs nearly 800 feet from the trailhead to the summit. The Bobcat Trail climbs roughly the same distance, meeting up with the Coot Trail just before the summit. The Bobcat Trail generally has better footing than the Coot, and it features a good view of Second Connecticut Lake about .6 miles from the trailhead.
While on the summit, make sure to explore the unmarked side path that provides a breathtaking view of the mountain’s east cliff.