Picket Mountain, Newfield
I’m not sure what the status of this mountain trail is at the moment. Also, to make matters a touch tricky, there is no easy place to park and you have to walk to the path via a private road. Then the path to the mountain itself is posted with a sign saying it’s closed until September. Since it was September when I visited, we decided it was probably fine to hike up this delightful and easy hill.
You start the hike by walking down the private Picket Mountain Road (you can park at the end of it, on Bridge Street). When the driveway veers right, continue on the unmaintained track straight ahead. Pass the first track to your left (it leads onto posted private land) to the next intersection. At roughly .3 miles, the Picket Mountain track will be on the left, running parallel to a stone wall. It is blocked by a gate, and the owners had posted a sign this summer asking for privacy through the summer.
So if the sign allows, turn onto this track and follow it past a field and go approximately half a mile to the first ledges. The incline is gentle. There is a tiny, locked house on wheels up here, a stone table and chair. The views are pretty. If you want to hit the summit, continue on the path straight on for another .4 or so miles until you reach the open ledges of the summit.
The elevation gain is approximately 444 feet.
If you wish to check out Little Ossippee River after your hike, turn left at the gate at the bottom of the trail. Walk roughly .5 miles toward the river, staying right when you hit intersecting snowmobile paths.
Directions: From Route 11 in Newfield, take Bridge Street south. Shortly thereafter, take a right onto Picket Mountain Road. A trail starts near the no-ATV sign. There is no parking on private property.