Jill and I were ending our vacation after a pretty fun-filled week. As mentioned in a previous blog, we started off the week with a great hike in Acadia. Mid-week, we tried our hands at Mount Jackson and Mount Webster, but mother-nature forced us down the trail early. So, we decided to try to finish the week out strong, and hike a close by mountain. Parker Mountain is located in Strafford, NH and only stands 1,410' tall. The Spencer Smith Trail, which leaves from Route 126 to the summit, is only about 1.1 miles. Based on the closeness to our house and the length of the hike, this seemed like a perfect Sunday afternoon activity.
We headed up the trail and noticed that it was heavily eroded, making footing very difficult, especially since the trail was a bit moist from rain the night prior. There was one good view point about 0.2 miles up which outlooks to nearby Blue Job Mountain. This alone, was the only good view the whole hike. The next 0.6 miles was a bit steep and heavily eroded without any scenery. At 0.8 miles we came to a homemade rock cabin (well half a cabin, the walls only went up 3 feet) which would have made a really good camp site. After that, it was fairly flat through the woods until we reached the true summit.
Heading back down, we weren't rewarded with any views as many other mountains offer on the descent. Instead, the clouds moved in, which gave the mosquito's an opportunity to swarm us. This, along with the high humidity made the trek down pretty miserable. Since this mountain didn't satisfy us the way most other mountains do when we summit, we rewarded ourselves with hot fudge sundaes, which were delicious!
So, we gave this one a thumbs down. I found a second mountain I'm not crazy about in the Granite State. I suppose it probably won't be the last, but I know these types of mountains will be few and far between. The truth is, I would gladly hike twenty bad mountains with no views, if it meant I could sit atop one great New Hampshire mountain and overlook nature's creation!