Mount Morgan-Percival Loop

Mount Morgan-Percival Loop near Holderness, NH


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
6 miles
4hours
moderate
Hiking
Summer, Fall, Winter
Holderness, NH
User EMS Portsmouth
-Start at the Mount Percival Trailhead.

-Follow Mount Percival trail for 0.2 mile.

-Bear left onto the Morgan-Percival Connector and follow it for 0.5 mile to its end.

-Turn right and follw the Mount Morgan Trail for 1.6 miles until it meets with Crawford-Ridgepole Trail coincide for this section. After about 0.2 mile you will walk past a series of ladders on the left leading up to a boulder cave that must be passed through before reaching the Mount Morgan's cliff top viewpoint.

-Note: There is alternative routes if hiking with a pet.

-After 90 yards you will reach a fork. Bear left/straight to reach the cliff-top viewpoint in just 50 yards; or veer right to reach the true summit of Mount Morgan after 50 yards.

-Retrace your steps back to back to Crawford-Ridgepole Trail, turn left, and follow this route for 0.8 mile which will bring you to the summit of Mount Percival.

-For the descent, follow Mount Percival Trail. After less than 0.1 mile you will reach a trail junction, where on the way one could opt to take a very rough route up to the summit by way of boulder caves.

-Continue descending on Mount Percival Trail for 1.9 miles which will return you to the Mount Percival Trailhead parking area.

Directions:

The Loop starts from the Mount Percival Trailhead.

From I-93:

-From I-93, take Rt. 113 east to Holderness

-From Holderness, get on Rt. 113 and follow it northeast for 5.8 miles.

-Parking for this trail is at the end of a short gravel road.

From the East:

-From the junction of Rt. 113 and Rt. 109 in Center Sandwich, follow Rt. 113 southwest for 6.0 miles.

-Parking for this trail is at the end of a short gravel road.

Note that the Mount Morgan Trailhead is on the northwest side of Rt. 113, 0.3 mile southwest of the Mount Percival Parking area.



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By steveinmedfordPosted By: steveinmedford  - Sat Jun 21 22:23:18 UTC 2014 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Nice loop, great views. We went up Percival and down Morgan. Was reported to take 5.5 hrs. Did in about 3-31/2 not counting a 3/4 hr lunch break at the top of Percival. Downside We chose this hike because it was dog friendly. Our little Cocker did great except for the rock slide area toward the peak of Percival. Read below Comment Great hike, great views (360°) from the bald top of Percival. Only problem was the VERY challenging rock slide area toward the top of Percival. Hand over fist climbing. Had to carry and hand off the pooch due to boulder climb-over section. Spaces between boulders were scary for our 30lb pooch. There is a split at the rock slide area. We went toward the "caves" side. Eeeks.

Also, when coming down Morgan, watch out which trail you take....one way requires a climb down a rock face via some rickety ladders.


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