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Harris Center: West Side Trails to Skatutakee Mountain and Thumb Mountain

Trail Overview

The Harris Center West Side Trails to Skatutakee and Thumb Mountains offer moderate to steep climbs to dramatic vistas of Mount Monadnock and the highlands surrounding the Harris Center in Hancock.
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Trail Activity
Length
5.0 miles, Network
Difficulty
Moderate
Town
Hancock (NH)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No
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Description

Cadot Trail: The Cadot Trail (formerly the Beeline—now named after Meade and Cindy Cadot) is the oldest of the trails shown. Starting at a gate off the dirt section of Old Dublin Road, it travels for an easy mile over a rocky old woods road, then turns sharply right to eventually become a steeper 0.5 mile hike to the peak of the Skatutakee Mountain — 840 feet higher than the trailhead. This trail is marked with white discs.

Harriskat Trail: The Harriskat Trail begins across the road from the Harris Center and ends at the peak of Skatutakee Mountain. Like the Cadot Trail, it’s about 1.5 miles long, but the 660-foot ascent is more gradual. This trail is marked with white rectangles.

Thumbs Up Trail: The Thumbs Up Trail connects the top of Skatutakee with the top of Thumb Mountain. Thumb is as high as Skatutakee, but with different views. The trail is about 1.25 miles long — the last 0.25 miles is the trail to Thumb’s summit. This trail is marked with white triangles.

Thumbs Down Trail: The Thumbs Down Trail is a route between the lower section of the Harriskat Trail and the upper section of the Thumbs Up Trail. It bypasses the peak of Skatutakee Mountain, passing Jack’s Pond instead. The Thumbs Down trail departs from the Harriskat Trail and features an easy 0.5 mile walk to Jack’s Pond. From the pond to the intersection with the Thumbs Up Trail is a hike of about 0.6 mile, which starts easily and ends with a fairly steep climb. This trail is marked with yellow rectangles.

Other Information

Dogs are welcome on Harris Center trails, but they must be on-leash at all times.

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the Harris Center for Conservation Education online or contact:

Harris Center for Conservation Education

Harris Center for Conservation Education
83 King's Highway
Hancock, NH 03449
Phone: (603) 525-3394
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared for extreme weather. Bring rain/wind gear, warm clothing, and matches/fire starters.
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Trailhead Information

Via the Harris Center: Take NH-123 west from Hancock, NH. About 2 miles down the road make a left on Hunts Pond Road (sign marks the Harris Center). Make a left on Kings Highway. There are two parking lots at the Harris Center, and the trailhead is visible from the upper parking lot.

Via the Cadot Trail: Take NH-123 west from Hancock, NH. About 2 miles down the road make a left on Hunts Pond Road (sign marks the Harris Center). Make a left on Kings Highway. Take the Kings Highway past the Harris Center and make a right on Old Dublin Road. Take Old Dublin Road 1.25 miles. The trailhead is on the right, marked by a large wooden gate. PLEASE NOTE: The parking area for the Cadot Trail may not be plowed in the winter months.

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