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Mount Crag Loop

Mount Crag Loop is best used from March until October. It’s a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located in Shelburne, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated moderate. The view through part of the Androscoggin River valley is marvelous, from the Presidential Range to the west to the lower mountains in western Maine to the east.

I’d rate the trail as easy but for one thing. Portions of the descent is currently covered with a thick bed of pine needles, making it treacherously slippery. Trekking poles are a must here if you want to descend without a fall! Take your time, observe the many wildflowers along the way, and you’ll have no trouble on this low (1394 ft) mount. I took an altimeter reading at the base of 775 and at the top of 1436, giving an elevation gain of 661 feet in a little over a mile. It will surely get your heart to beating if you push through without a break!

The ascent:

Wild friends I met along the way:

The slippery slope down:

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