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Pitcher Mountain, Stoddard NH

It's such a short hike... Just off of route 123 in Stoddard NH, is a .2mile trail to a fire tower on Pitcher Mountain. In Blueberry season, you are sure to come back with blue stained hands but today, was just a beautiful fall day. I had the privilege of having my mother along for company, which made the day even better for me. It's not often that she and I share a trail together. Our Last adventure was about three years ago on Mt. Israel. 

Pitcher Mountain Trail starts off as a typical wooded trail blue blazed. You can also choose to take the Monadnock Sunapee Greenway trail which is blaze white. Both offer good footing and the MSGT is just a tad longer and takes you by a field with maybe a few cows from time to time. In certain seasons, this is also an active bear area. Pitcher Mountain trail, which is the one we took today, is .2 through the woods and quickly opens to blueberry bushes (past season now). Slightly over grown trail but still wide enough to pass through. You can see where some animals have kind of plowed their way through the bushes. Once you reach this point, you can see the fire tower. New signs at the top really point you in the right direction if you were on the Monadnock Sunapee Greenway. When I came through back in April/May, this signage was missing. We found a good place to sit on the rocks at the summit and enjoy the views, some food, and each others company. A few other families and dogs were also out for the day. All in all, it took us about a half hour to make the climb. We returned the way we came, taking our time coming down. Again, you can take the Monadnock Sunapee Greenway down for a longer loop hike if you choose. Just a fantastic fall day for a quick hike to stretch out the legs and exercise the dog. Wind kept it just cool enough to need long sleeves but the sun warmed you up enough to not need anything more. Pitcher Mountain is great for those that love to be out in the woods but maybe don't like all the rocks and ledges of the larger peaks or even Monadnock. Lots of great areas to explore around too if you follow the Monadnock Sunapee Greenway. This was perfect for myself and my mother today and great that we could share it. 

Now that the house is ready for the colder months, I'm thinking of my last overnight for the season and looking forward to WINTER... Unless I find a warmer sleeping bag or figure out a way to compress my 20* bag smaller. Then maybe I can do one more. I will probably be back on the AT in Vermont next weekend inching closer to the border of New Hampshire. From there, we'll see what happens next. I could go to Massachusetts for more AT miles or back to the peaks of New Hampshire. Isis and I definitely have a few winter peaks we would like to visit when the snow flies and she has a few she'd love to complete after the official start of Winter for the unofficial Winter Dog 48, but for the most part it's just great to get out for some no pressure exploring. Life as always is sweet!

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