Posted on September 6, 2016 and last updated on October 30, 2021

Albany Mountain, White Mountain National Forest

QUICK TRAIL FACTS

  • Preserve Size: 800,000 acres in White Mountain Forest (ME and NH)
  • Trail Mileage: 4 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: difficult
  • Sights: views, open ledges (1,930 ft.)

If you hiked this mountain several years ago, you’ll notice the trail system has changed. Beaver activity has washed out the old Albany Notch Trail, at least on the northern side of this mountain.

The best way to tackle this wonderful 1,930-foot mountain is to park at the north trailhead off the dirt road that leads to Crocker Pond Campground. You can get to this trailhead by driving down Patte Brook Road. It’s approximately 1.9 miles to the summit from here, and it’s relatively easy for the quality of views you’ll get. You’ll start your hike along a longish flat section of the trail before beginning a moderate ascent. At 1.5 miles you’ll reach the 0.4-mile spur along a gorgeous ridge to the summit.

You can also hike up the 2.2-mile Albany Notch trail, on the south side of the mountain. It doesn’t appear this is a popular way to hike, and there is no easy place to park at the bottom (unless you have a four-wheel drive and can drive along the pretty bad access road to the trailhead gate). This path can also be quite wet.

Directions: From Bethel take Route 5 south past Songo Pond and turn right onto the Patte Brook Road at the sign indicating National Forest Camping. Follow signs toward Crocker Pond Campground. (You’ll make a left onto Crocker Pond Road). Travel .6 miles to the trailhead on the right.

To reach the Notch Trail, follow Birch Ave. from Route 5, all the way to the end, past several camps. Look for a brown park sign pointing to Albany Notch Trail. You can park here, I think? Off to the side of the road. Or you can keep driving, as far as the trailhead gate, if possible. There are snowmobile paths at the trailhead gate, too, branching off in different directions. If your car isn’t tough enough for this, try to park off to the side of the narrow Birch Ave. Then follow the road in; eventually you will see yellow blazes.

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Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!