The fully accessible hiking trails at Crotched Mountain are ideal for people with disabilities, seniors and anyone who enjoys hiking in a wilderness environment. They were built following U.S. Forest Service accessibility standards. These are wilderness trails, making it important for hikers and their companions to be prepared. Please know your own physical, cognitive and technical abilities as well as your restrictions before you begin hiking.
The amount of time needed to hike an entire trail and return to the trailhead varies with each individual. You should allow at least 45 minutes to several hours, depending on your ability and hiking speed.
Before you leave home, be sure you have the following:
- Trail Map
- Weather-appropriate clothing
- Sturdy shoes
- Charged cell phone
- Fully charged wheelchair battery
- Insect Repellent
Trail Rules and Safety
- Before you begin hiking, inform someone of your itinerary and expected time of return
- For safety, it's a good idea to have a buddy hike with you especially if it's your first time
- Pets and animals are not permitted on the trail (service animals are allowed)
- There are no bicycles or motorized vehicles allowed on the trails
(motorized and manual wheelchairs are permitted)
- No camping, open fires, glass, or smoking permitted on the trails
- Stay on the trails; stepping off the trails can lead to erosion and other trail damage
- Keep your distance from any wild animals you encounter
- Please carry out everything that you carry on to the trails
Hiking During Hunting Season
Autumn is a great time to hike the trails at Crotched Mountain. However, this season carries some other responsibilities for each hiker. While there are various dates for hunting individual species in NH, this is the time of year for deer season. Hunting accidents in New Hampshire are very low and hunting accidents rarely involve non-hunters.
There are a few simple steps that hikers can take to enjoy hiking during deer-hunting season:
- Wear an article of blaze orange clothing – a vest, hat or bandanna that is easily distinguished from any other color in the woods.
- You don't want to look like a deer by wearing brown and white. Avoid wearing white socks or gloves that could be mistaken for the flash of a deer's white tail.
- Stay on the designated hiking trails, and avoid bushwhacking. Our land is posted, but one can never be too careful this time of year.
- Be courteous and respectful to hunters and non-hunters alike. Respect the rights of others and share the woods.
An accessible trail is much like a golf course: It is there for you to enjoy, but you have a responsibility to leave it in better shape than you found it. A lot of work went into the clean-up after Hurricane Sandy. However, you will see that there are still some twigs along the trail. If you are out there, pick up a handful to help make the experience of those hiking after you just a little bit better!
Both trails open 30 minutes after sunrise and close 30 minutes before sunset, depending on current trail conditions.
Trail Openings and Closures
These trails can be damaged if weather conditions such as excessive rain make them too soft. It may be necessary for Crotched Mountain to close the trails in these circumstances. Before your hike, check this section of our web site (see upper right box) or contact us at (603) 547-3311 for trail openings and closures.
In Case of Emergency
In case of an emergency on the trails, find the nearest location marker (such as a trail education sign, an identifying trail marker or a structure like a bridge) and call 911.