Mount Wantastiquet

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Steep switchbacking trail to the flat summit of Mount Wantastiquet with sweeping views across the Connecticut River Valley.
Trail Activity
Hiking Snowshoeing
4.60 miles, Network
Chesterfield (NH), Hinsdale (NH)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge
Permitted on leash


The Wantastiquet Mountain Trail begins between the two granite posts near the parking on the right side of Mountain Road. For most of its extent, the trail follows an old gravel road with many switchbacks. Side trails access a small waterfall near the trailhead and several viewpoints mid-mountain. After ascending 1,100 feet over 2 miles, the trail passes a rock outcrop with excellent views across the Connecticut River Valley. In another 0.1 miles, the trail passes near the true summit of Mount Wantastiquet at a clearing for the communication tower. Continuing east, hikers may access Mine Ledge Trail and then Ann Stokes Loop on the backside of Wantastiquet (not shown on map). A side trail descends due south along a gulch emerging onto NH-119 0.8-miles from the trailhead on Mountain Road.

The Lower Wantastiquet Trail is an easy walk along an old dirt road that provides many views as it parallels the Connecticut River. It is ideal for families and young children and is accessible to strollers. 

Trail Manager

Visit the New Hampshire Division of Forests & Lands online for more information, or contact:

New Hampshire Division of Forests & Lands
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-2214
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Trail Tips

Travel on Durable Surfaces
If you have to step off the trail, step onto a rock or soil. Avoid stepping on fragile vegetation.

Trailhead Information

From Brattleboro, VT: cross the Connecticut River on Bridge Street/NH-119/Brattleboro Road. Once on the NH side of the river, take an immediate left onto Mountain Road and travel 0.2-miles to the trailhead and parking area at the end of the road.

From Hinsdale, NH: travel west (north) on NH-119. Pass the Hinsdale Raceway and Walmart on the right and continue for 3 miles before taking a right on Mountain Road just before the bridge to VT. Travel 0.2 miles to the trailhead and parking area at the end of the road.

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