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Lake Massabesic Trail

Auburn, NH

Lake Massabesic Trail is a 4 mile loop trail located near Auburn, New Hampshire that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for birding, hiking & trail running and is accessible year-round.

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Pawtuckaway State Park
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5 Completed 6 Reviews

Just like my last review, I hiked the Pawtuckaway South Ridge, starting at the trailhead at Round Pound road. The little parking lot was cleared of all snow, despite the snow on the ground. The trails seemed well enough maintained. Make sure you bring crampons, though, that trail was one long sheet of ice. My only complaint was the sign after the initial hike in from Round Pound Road that should have been at Round Pound to say where the South Ridge trail was, was missing at the time of my hike. I knew the trail hugged the lake, so it was easy to find it, just a little confusing at first. The white trail blazes were easy enough to follow, and from there all the signage remained in tacked. The woods and hills with this beautiful winding trail were absolutely wonderful. I think I like this trail in the winter more than the summer. The views from the top of the South Ridge were beautiful on the sunny clear day that I hiked it. I would totally recommend this hike to anyone looking to do a relatively easy winter hike. It look me one hour and ten minutes to ascend, then one hour to descend. Oh, another thing that might be good to note: the trails were empty of other people. The only person I saw through the whole hike was a lady at the trailhead when I was done. I hiked at noon on a Tuesday.

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South Mountain Lookout Tower Trail
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15 Completed 12 Reviews

This hike is part of the Pawtuckaway State Park this trail is one of several you can do a longer version coming in from the camping area side or a another side trail on the way to this base. At this one you can drive right to the base area so the hike is right up the mountain. It is short but there are many interesting spots going up with Big rocks and ledges to explore, The road to this base was very rough and somewhat flooded due to Beaver activity on the waters near the roadway,so if you don't have a 4 wheel drive you might want to stop and walk in some of the way . There are several old home sites and Grave yards to explore dating back to the late 1700's and early 1800's when this area was lived in .

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Pawtuckaway State Park
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Trails were well marked, but could use some maintenance.

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Pawtuckaway State Park
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5 Completed 6 Reviews

Got into the park from Round Pond Road, and parked my car in the little area provided. Once I got on the blue marked trail it was easy to find my way from there. I went up the South Mountain to the lookout/fire tower. Beautiful views from the top, as well as near the later part of the hike. I think the view would be much better on the trail during the fall when there are less leaves, yet it was still gorgeous with a wonderful breeze. It took about 2 hours to the top, and 45-50 minutes coming down. The hike was harder than I thought it would be, yet still certainly easy enough for kids and dogs to do. I feel I should also mention that the Boulder Field is nothing short of amazing to look at. I just wish I was a rock climber!

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Pawtuckaway State Park
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8 Completed 7 Reviews

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South Mountain Lookout Tower Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Not manned anymore but super easy hike great for the kids and dogs. It took us about 25 minutes to get up and 12 to get down only .8 of a mile

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Pawtuckaway State Park
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43 Completed 25 Reviews

With this hike, I think we have done everything in this State Park. Today's hike focused on the eastern part and included Fundy, Split Rock and Shaw Trails. This was really easy going with lots of twists and turns and some beautiful Fall views of the lake and forest.

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Pawtuckaway State Park
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43 Completed 25 Reviews

This was an easy hike and made for an enjoyable afternoon. We hiked the Mountain Trail to the Boulder Trail and the looped back on the Bypass. There were some nice views at the top and the Boulder Field was impressive.

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Pawtuckaway State Park
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26 Completed 5 Reviews

I like this trail. Hiked in Aug 2011 as I was camping here. It was definitely an adventure since I hiked alone. It took me a while to get to summit via MT because of some ailments but I made it. South Mountain was good enough for me. The weather was good, it was fun.

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South Mountain Lookout Tower Trail
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291 Completed 10 Reviews

I have climbed this several times, The easy way is up and back but there are several other trails in the area and a longer hike can be done as a loop. Check the NH DRED website for maps. Great views from the top and an easy hike. Can be busy at times but never crowded. Not sure if it is still manned but a few years ago it was and you can go into the tower if there is someone there.

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