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This Doublehead is in the Squam Range, off Rt 113, overlooking Squam Lake..

The more familiar parts of this range include Mt.s Morgan and Percival, which are linked to West & East Doublehead via the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail.


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Trailhead was very easy to find: From the 25/113 junction in Holderness, go about 8 miles on 113, look for Thompson Rd (dirt) on the left. There is a road sign at the intersection.

The directions from my usual online sources were a bit out of date; Thompson Rd has been improved to the point where you can drive in ( slowly, the road is passable but rough)  off Rt 113 to a very nice parking area.Very pleasant surprise to avoid a .9 mile (each way) road walk !  :)


 

Second part of a two-fer. Sentinel and Bayle are both a nuisance to get to. Take a look at the Trail Bandit map - lots of twisty little roads, all alike *1

Also kind of out of the way for me and I hate driving.

They're both smallish but reputed to have good views. So made sense to do them both in one trip, right?

So ... finished up on Sentinel, hopped on ( in ) my trusty steed and HiHo Silver CRV! Away!


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The trailhead is a little perplexing to find. The Trail Bandit Map shows a couple of roads leading to snowmobile trails, from which the Bayle Mountain Trail leads.




I've been eying this for a couple of years, particularly since a trip last year over Tate Mtn.

So today I decided to go.


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So a little research and a quick drive to trailhead.  This was a little hard to find; for some reason the Canaan Rd sign was tipped over and I didnt see it.

But eventually I got on track. There is a hump in Canaan Rd that must give the road agent the willies in winter. It's almost like a carnival ride - whoops, there goes my stomach!   Need to bring my bike up here sometime....



Sentinel Mountain in the Ossipees has been sort of interesting for a while, but I've been putting it off for various reasons.

The biggest was simply the apparent maze of back roads and unknown parking.

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But I had some extra time and decided today was the day.

It wasn't too hard to find the trailhead, though I missed the sign for the trail.

Major is a fun mountain, great views, relatively short and easy. And crowded.

This day was no exception. However, I found an alternate route from the usual, and reached the summit having encountered only a couple of people.

The summit was about as expected, the usual collection of parents, grandparents, kids and dogs, but everyone seemed to be having a nice day :)


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I decided to continue on, and take another less traveled path, down to the Beaver Pond trail and over to Straightback.

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