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Magalloway Mountain

Length: 1.8 mile loop

Difficulty (click for info): Easy

Elevation Gain: 800'

Rating (click for info): 8/10

Elevation: 3383'

Prominence: 1013'

Driving Directions:
Trailhead and parking area are on a branch of Magalloway Road in Pittsburg, NH. Magalloway Road is a logging road which begins on Rt. 3, 11.6 miles north of Rt. 145. There is no sign for the road, but the entrance is very wide and there is a marker for the lookout tower. As you go, ignore any diverging spur roads that look rougher than the main road. Also, you are required to yield to logging trucks, which will probably force you off the road if you don't. Drive 1.2 miles and continue straight (right) at a fork just after a bridge over the Connecticut River. In 1.7 miles past the bridge, take the left fork to stay on Magalloway Road as Cedar Stream Road goes right. In another 2.4 miles past this junction, turn right, leaving the main road onto a spur road (sometimes called Magalloway Mountain Road) marked with a sign for the tower. Use caution, as this road is much rougher and steeper. Follow it for 3.0 miles to its end in a small parking area.

About the Hike:
Located in a remote area of NH not known for its hiking trails, Magalloway Mountain's fire tower offers one of the few trail-accessible views of the Connecticut Lakes Region. The trail to the summit follows the fire warden's jeep road. From the parking area at the end of the road, follow the Coot Trail. The trail begins ascending at a moderate grade, soon passing a cabin. It then becomes steep and rocky, climbing quickly for the next 0.5 miles. The trail is fairly wide in places. Near the end of the steep climb is a glimpse of the First Connecticut Lake. The Bobcat Trail, which can be used for a loop descent, enters from the right at this point. The trail then flattens out and gradually climbs for 0.2 miles on a pleasant, grassy path. At the summit is a clearing with a cabin and the fire tower. There are a few ledge views from the east side, but the best view is from Magalloway's fire tower. From the tower, a sweeping vista of the remote and wild terrain of the Great North Woods opens up before you. You can see Lake Francis and the First and Second Connecticut Lakes. To the north, you can see the long Magalloway Road winding through the vast wilderness. Past the road are nearby Diamond Ridge and more distant Stub Hill block the view further north. To the east, the view extends into Maine toward long, river-like Azicoos Lake. Far to the south, the most northern peaks of the White Mountains can be spotted in the distance.

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