|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Cobb Hill (Harrisville), NH|
||Jaquith Road, Nelson Road, Cobb Hill Trail, Cobb Hill Road Trail, Jane Greene Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, December 1, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||0.3 mi. up the Class VI portion of Jaquith Rd. in Hancock. Even though this is an officially unmaintained road, it is in excellent shape due to a private residence at the end. It was not plowed, but snow was thin. Unsure if the small parking area gets plowed. |
||Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Wet/Sticky |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||I recall a few blowdowns scattered along this route. Harris Center states that Cobb Hill Trail begins at the gate at the end of Jaquith Rd., but on the ground it appears to begin where it leaves Nelson Rd., 0.8 mi. from the parking. This is also where white blazes start. |
||The house at the end of Jaquith Rd. has a dog. If you are bringing one, it would be smart to leash it. |
|Lost and Found:
||From the parking, I walked up the Jaquith Rd. to the gate and beyond along what some maps call Nelson Rd. I hopped on Cobb Hill Trail up to another old woods road which was signed as Cobb Hill Rd. Trail for a short distance, then turned onto Jane Greene Trail which led up to the outlook with a view of Monadnock. The trailed route ends here.|
From the outlook I bushwhacked up to the ridge, hitting the first (easternmost) bump which has a large cairn. I walked the ridge over a few more bumps to the recognized high point, which is the westernmost bump shown on the USGS. The latest register was placed in 2020 and between then and today, only one other person had signed in. Total bushwhack distance from the outlook to summit was 0.5 mi.
Instead of backtracking, I descended south a short distance until I hit Cobb Hill Rd. Trail again, then followed that back to Cobb Hill Trail and out. In retrospect, this is a much easier way to reach the summit!
Conditions were pretty good, though a bit wet and sticky with warming temps. No more than 3 in. of snow, which was just enough to make footing on the bushwhack portion a little difficult as I couldn't see what I was stepping onto. Otherwise, the woods were pretty wide open.
Neat area and very quiet; it feels very remote. I saw one other person, a hunter out looking for deer. If you like old stone walls, they are all over the place out here.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.