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Hike Black Snout

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Black Snout Information

Elevation: 2,803 feet (854 meters)
Location: Moultonborough and Tuftonboro, NH
Range: Ossipee Range
Features: Lakes Region Conservation Trust (Castle in the Clouds), summit views
Distance of highlighted hike below: 7.7 miles with Mount Shaw and Tate Mountain (Big Ball Mountain).

Black Snout is a 2,803 foot mountain in Moultonborough, NH. It is on the Lakes Region Conservation Trust property, also known as the Castle in the Clouds estate. It is part of the Ossipee Range.

It is on the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (Castle in the Clouds) hiking list, which requires hikers to hike ALL trails and mountains in the estate.

Lists Black Snout are on: = A patch is available for this list
Lakes Region Conservation Trust (Castle in the Clouds)


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Photo taken from the summit of Mount Shaw on 5-18-2014.

Black Snout Trail Maps Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Black Snout as well as Mount Shaw and Tate Mountain (Big Ball Mountain) via the Shaw Trail.

(NOTE: Most of the trails in the route below are NOT on the Castle in the Clouds Estate trail map, so if you are trying to get the hiker achievement patch, click here to see a trail map of appropriate trails.)

Starting on the Shaw Trail, hike for 0.4 miles until you come to a fork with the Italian Trail. (You can go either way since this is a loop hike, but the rest of these directions will go right, counter-clock-wise).

Go right at the fork onto the Italian Trail. Hike for 1.2 miles until you reach the summit of Tate Mountain (also known as Big Ball Mountain). After enjoying the summit, continue along the blue-blazed trail, which not turns into the Big Ball Mountain Trail, for 1.5 miles until you reach the summit of Black Snout. From the Black Snout outlook, follow the Black Snout Spur Trail for 0.3 miles where it will lead straight/right into High Ridge Trail. After 0.5 miles on the High Ridge Trail, you will be at the summit of Mount Shaw.

To get back down to the parking lot, retrace your steps on the High Ridge Trail for 0.5 miles going straight/left onto the Black Snout Trail (where High Ridge Trail continues to the right). Follow Black Snout Trail for 0.5 miles, (skipping the spur trail on the left after 0.3 miles and then turning left onto the Shaw Trail while Black Snout Trail continues straight). Hike down the Shaw Trail for 2.5 miles until you reach the road.

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Click to download PDF Trail Map of Black Snout.

  To see a full map of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust / Castle in the Clouds Estate click here


Black Snout Photos Top

hike mount shaw lrct lakes region conservation trust castle in the clouds 52 with a view shaw mountain
Looking at the Castle in the Clouds on 5-18-2014.

Black Snout Driving Directions Top

These are driving directions to the (unsigned) traillhead for Mount Shaw and Black Snout:
From I-93, take exit 23 and follow Route 104 for about 8 miles until it ends in Meredith, NH. Turn left on Route 3 and drive 0.8 miles to a traffic light. Turn right onto Route 25 and drive 10.1 miles (you will pas through Moultonborough Village). Turn right onto Route 109 and drive 2.2 miles. Turn left onto Route 171 East and drive 3.9 miles. You will pass Sodom Road on the right side, and directly after that cross a bridge over Fields Brook, then you turn left into the small parking area.

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