My son wanted to get out yesterday and go hiking somewhere, so we had planned to do a Hale Loop. Once we saw the weather report, he wasn’t comfortable with the chance of thundershowers in the afternoon, so we changed plans. He doesn’t mind rain, but even in a relatively safe place, he doesn’t like thunderstorms. We then talked about what we could do that was shorter and closer to home. With a quick check of my spreadsheet of lists and summits, I suggested Stinson Mtn. This one is on the 52 With a View list, is located in Rumney which is closer to home, and at just under 4 miles a shorter trip to keep us ahead of any thunderstorms.
This was going to be a good adventure since we’d never even been to the trailhead for this one. It was very easy to find, following the directions in the White Mountain Guide, about 6 miles off of Rt. 25 in Rumney. The little parking area might hold four vehicles, but no one was there. We took off down the trail, hiking a fairly level wide trail which was probably an old tractor or farm road and easy grade through some open forest with a lot of ferns. We saw a small amount of wildlife: salamanders, snails and red squirrels.
About .6 miles into the trail, we came across the old cellar hole mentioned in the guidebook. Cameron went down into it to explore and found some bricks, along with some large granite stones outlining what was probably where some of the walls of the house had been long ago.
Moving up the trail, the grade was still easy, but the trail was rocky and eroded in some sections. We eventually came to a junction, which indicated that snowmobiles should go to the left and hikers to the right.
We took the hiking trail, which now narrowed to the width of a regular hiking trail. This is where the elevation went from easy grade to moderate and where there were some switch backs. Soon enough the trail started to change to slabby rock, and indicator that a summit is near. Around a few more corners and we were at the summit slabs, complete with old fire tower footings and stairs.
I’m sure this was an ideal place to put a fire tower, and the views must be pretty good, but today we couldn’t see that, as we had hiked up into the clouds. We ate a snack and then explored the area around the fire tower, finding a few trails to other look outs, but none with any views. Once done with exploring we headed back to the car, and ended our adventure with a sprint to the car.
Stinson is a quick little hike, and not a bad choice for a short and easy day! Cameron was happy just to be out and having a little fun.