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NH100 - Mt. Martha aka Cherry Mtn (MODERATE/INTERMEDIA­TE)

  • Nov 29, 2013 · 9:15 AM

Organizer: John (LAG) Lagasse @ (978)[masked]


Read the entire description before you RSVP and answer all of the questions that are part of the RSVP process. Failure to answer them will result in your removal from this event.

If you underestimate the demands of this event; overestimate your experience, knowledge, skills or abilities; or come unprepared you put yourself or others at risk so consider this before you decide to participate.


What We're Doing

This has been modified as Mt Martha is actually known as Cherry Mtn.

Starting at Cherry Mountain Trail Trailhead, taking Cherry MTN Trail 1.7 miles to Owl's Head Trail, summitting Mt Martha AKA Cherry Mountain, then .8 miles to Owl's Head (Not to be confused with the NH48 Owls Head) then 2.4 down Owl's Head Trail to our cars.

We are going in this direction as their is a steep section coming off the south of Owl's Head and I'd rather go up than down this section.  The section between Martha and Owl's Head is said to have great views.

Though this is a short hike it is near winter in the Whites so we could to run into icy, slick conditions.  I won't be in a rush but don't want to go too slow either as standing around waiting for someone in the winter is no fun.

Guests are not permitted - all participants must be members of the group.

Dogs are not permitted

Trip Summary

On this slower pace (~1.5 MPH) out and back we will hike about 4.9 miles and climb about 2,071 feet. It should take an average hiker about 4 hours 00 minutes to complete this trip. This time is without breaks and most likely a faster pace so I'm scheduling 5 1/2 HOURS. This event is considered to be MODERATE/Intermediate because of the pace, distance, and elevation gain. We could alter our plans because of fatigue, weather, and/or other conditions - there is no guarantee we will complete the entire event as described here.

We start as a group, hike as a group, and finish as a group. Our pace will be that of the slowest hiker. This trip isn't for you if you are faster than the group and don't want to stay with us, if you want to head off on your own, or if you are slower than the group and expect us to constantly wait for you.

I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", a trail map, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by learning about the route and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.

• Click for current trail conditions (

What to Bring

We might need snow shoes and we will need some sort of light traction (e.g. microspikes or hillsounds). Be sure to look at the gear information listed below - if you have any questions about what to wear and/or what to bring let me know.

• Click here for a list of items needed for a "winter" day hike.

Do not rely on others to have extra items to share with you at the meeting spot or on the trail. You should know how to use all of your equipment - test and adjust it prior to this trip.


Dangerous weather conditions will cancel this event - I will post an update and/or send an email to all confirmed participants.

• Click here for the current weather forecast for this trip.


We will meet at the south side of NH 115 at a parking lot with the Cherry Mtn. Slide historical marker, 5.9 mi. from the jct. with US 3 and 0.8 mi. from the jct. with NH 115A. AND THEN CARSPOT 3 MILES SOUTH at the Cherry Mountain Trailhead. According to Google Maps this meeting spot is 157 miles from Boston and it should take about 2 hours and 33 minutes to drive there.


While carpooling is encouraged you are responsible for coordinating your own rides. Use the comments section below to communicate with others who may also be looking to share a ride. If you do share a ride be sure to share the expenses (gas and tolls).

Random Group of Hikers Disclaimer

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hike Safe Responsibility Code; the organizer(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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  • Steve B.

    It was a pleasure meeting all of you for such a fabulous little hike. In 5 miles, these two fun mountains packed in a lot of "bang for the buck!" Thank you, John, for the fine organization and I look forward to more enjoyable hikes.

    November 30, 2013

  • John (LAG) L.

    Awesome day and not quite as cold as expected. Sun came out at both summits so I'm glad I put in for it ahead of time :) Actually had a snow globe effect on top of Owls Head with the dusting of snow catching the light of the sun. Steve and Tom it was good to meet you! Looking forward to a longer hike when I can get to talk with you more. Paul and Diane a pleasure as always!!

    November 30, 2013

  • Ann W.

    Sorry to miss this - still driving home from the fam's, not home until midnight.

    November 28, 2013

  • John (LAG) L.

    If you think you are going to be late please call ASAP as I don't know what the cell reception will be at the trailhead. It will be cold so we aren't going to be waiting long at the trailhead. We will be carspotting so be sure to keep your gear in one place so you don't forget anything when you transfer to another car.
    Anne and I will be in the Smiley mobile with plenty of room for gear. We'll need one other car to spot. See you tomorrow.

    November 28, 2013

  • John (LAG) L.

    Weather Update: Clear, cold 7 degrees with -8 windchill. Be sure to have microspikes, balaclava (face cover), googles. We will be above treeline for a while so you'll want to be covered. It's WINTER in the Whites!! Looks like a brisk day though we'll get great views along Martha's Mile.

    November 26, 2013

  • Debra

    I might be able to do this with you. I am up in NH for all of Thanksgiving. Checking to see what the rents are doing before I commit.

    November 25, 2013

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