Jill and I hiked a very small peak just south of Mount Passaconaway called Mount Katherine. Found this one on the map and it looked like an easy day hike. It is only 1,380' high and climbs only 240' feet from trailhead to summit.
The hike starts at the Ferncroft Road Parking Area which was very picturesque. The foliage and views while getting ready to head out were worth the drive up there. The trail starts off as a leisurely walk in the woods, and to be honest, it never stops being a leisurely walk in the woods. The AMC WM guide says that the trail up (the Pasture Path) has gentle grades to the top...this may be an understatement!
Half way up, we did come up on a milestone. It was Tilton Springs, which was a well type structure. It was essentially a pool of water with rock walls and a rusty plumbing pipe feeding into it.
The top of the Mount Katherine was ledge rock and had a great view to the northeast of Mount Chocorua. There were also some restricted views of Mount Whiteface and Mount Passaconaway. It was really a nice little hike for a day where you just don't feel like exerting much energy, but would rather just walk in the woods.
After hiking Mount Katherine, Jill and I headed out, did a bit of leaf peeping and checked out the Pumpkin People in Jackson, NH. Another great day in the Whites.
Below are some of my favorite photos of the day. I have a much more detailed account of this trip on my blog. Please check it out if you have a moment: http://livefreeandhikenh.blogspot.co...h-pumpkin.html
Barn at parking area with Mount Wonalancet behind
Hiking sign at the parking area
Jill on the trail up to Mount Katherine
What I believe is Mount Whiteface through a clearing near the summit, but still on the trail.
Nicely colored tree
Mount Chocorua, from the summit of Mount Katherine
Jill and I on the summit, with Mount Chocorua in the background
Leaf peeping after the hike, the little white church in Wonalancet
I know, I know, this is beyond the scope of "White Mountain Hikes" but had to include it...the Pumpkin People are awesome. I highly recommend you go see them while they are still up!