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Hike Mount Katherine 9/26/2020

Updated: Oct 8


John Watkins enjoying the view from Mount Katherine

This coming Saturday, September 26th, at 12:30PM meet us in Wonalancet for a leisurely hike up Mount Katherine (1,380 feet). We’ll start at the Chinook Trail (Route 113A) from Tamworth village out to Wonalancet. Turn right after the white Wonalancet Chapel bare right on to the Ferncroft Road and in 40 feet pull off on the right, making sure not to block mailboxes on the roadside.


There is pleasant view from the summit of Mount Katherine, though it is growing in. To the west above the evergreen tops are the summits of Mounts Whiteface, Passaconaway and Paugus — lords of the Sandwich Range. To the northeast is an almost Currier and Ives view framed by evergreen bows — two farmhouses in the flat intervale below with Mount Chocorua rising behind them.


On Saturday, we will start out our hike from the road walking on the long driveway. The trail begins from a spot on the road at "Ira Tilton's barn." On the back of today's Wonalancet Out Door Club map of the Sandwich Range, it says the Red Trail begins next to the site of the old post office.


From there we will take a half mile trail to the top of Mount Katherine, where we’ll linger on the summit and enjoy the views. This is a moderate hike and will require a little fitness and mountain adaptability.


If you bring your dog, it must be leashed at all times.


MEET WHEN:

9/26/20, Saturday, 12:30pm


MEET WHERE:

Chinook Trail (Route 113A) from Tamworth village out to Wonalancet. Just after the white Wonalancet Chapel


HIKE LEADERS:

Ed Parsons and John Watkins


HIKE DIFFICULTY:

Moderate


For more information call Ed Parsons at 603-960-0363. This hike is sponsored by the Tamworth Community Nurse Association.


Post Hike:

The TCNA sponsored hike up Mount Katherine last Saturday was a good time. We met next to the Little White Church of Wonalancet and headed up the Red Path. We soon reached Tilton Spring. People were amazed that this rock lined spring was built when the slopes were bare and home to sheep and cattle. Taking the Pasture Path to the top, we paused part way where a view opened up to Mount Whiteface, with its big cliff. On top, looking out towards Helen Steele's farm below and Mount Chocorua we had a great discussion, John Watkins imparting his knowledge about the area. The way down on the old grassy road to 113A was pleasant and walking back on the road through the wide fields of Wonalancet with the view of the Sandwich Range was the perfect ending to a fun walk with friends.



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