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Hike Mount Nancy

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Mount Nancy Information

Elevation: 3,926 feet (1,197 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 1,006 feet (307 meters)
Location: Lincoln, New Hampshire (Grafton County)
Range: Nancy Range in the Pemigewasset Wilderness
Coordinates: 44°07'21" North     71°24'17" West
Rating: How do the ratings work? Difficult - The Nancy Pond Trail is a nice low incline hike up to Nancy Cascades. After the cascades the hike is steep and strenuous for a bit before leveling out near Nancy and Norcross ponds. The herd path up to Mount Nancy is very steep in most areas but also easy to navigate.
Features: Herd path, summit views, Nancy Pond, Norcross Pond, Nancy Cascades.
Distance of highlighted hike below: Roughly 10 miles

Mount Nancy, formally known as Mount Amorisgelu, is a 3,862 foot mountain in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. It is the highest point in the Nancy Range. It is flanked to the Northeast by Mount Bemis, to the Southwest by Mount Anderson and to the Southeast by Duck Pond Mountain.

Currently there is no maintained trail to the summit of Mount Nancy, but there used to be, so the herd path up to the summit that begins at the end of Norcross Pond, is easy to follow. Nancy is on the New England Hundred highest hiking list as well as the New Hampshire Hundred highest hiking list.

Lists Mount Nancy are on: = A patch is available for this list
New England Hundred highest
New England Hundred highest in Winter season
     New Hampshire Hundred highest


Mount Nancy Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Mount Nancy.

From the Nancy Pond traillhead off Route 302, hike up the Nancy Pond Trail for 2.4 miles until you reach the Nancy Cascades. From the parking lot to this area is roughly 1,500 feet elevation gain. From the cascades continue along the Nancy Pond Trail for 1.1 miles where you will reach Nancy Pond. That 1.1 mile stretch is pretty rough and steep. After the pond, continue on the Nancy Pond Trail for 0.8 miles until you come to the end of Norcross Pond. You will find yourself in a flat open area where the Nancy Pond Trail continues straight. Instead of going straight, the old trail that used to go up to Mount Nancy is on your hard right. Less than a minute into that old trail, you will see a fork. Take the fork left all the way to the summit of Nancy. For an unmaintained trail, it is easy to follow, with very little areas of thick brush. (also depends on the season). The trail is very steep and strenuous in areas but the views at the summit are worth it! You can see Mount Washington in the distance. The summit has a summit sign.

To get back to the parking area, go back the same way you came up.

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Mount Nancy View Photos Top

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Traillhead for Mount Nancy. Nancy Pond Trail. Taken on 9/25/14.


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Some old remains along the Nancy Pond Trail. Taken on 9/25/14.


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Nancy Cascades along the Nancy Pond Trail in Fall (This waterfall looks alot better in Spring!)


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Norcross Pond along the Nancy Pond Trail. Taken on 9/25/14.


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The unmaintained trail up to Mount Nancy (go left at this fork). Taken on 9/25/14.


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The steep, strenuous part of the unmaintained trail up to Mount Nancy. Taken on 9/25/14.


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Views from the summit of Mount Nancy. Taken on 9/25/14.


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Summit sign for Mount Nancy! Taken on 9/25/14.


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The unmaintained trail looked like this most of the way up to Mount Nancy; easy to navigate, with some areas of thick vegetation (but never too bad). Taken on 9/25/14.

Mount Nancy Driving Directions Top

The parking lot for the highlighted hike above is located on Route 302. From the South, take exit 35 off I-93 North to merge onto US-3-N toward Twin Mountain / Lancaster. Drive about 10 miles and turn right onto US Route 302 East. Drive roughly 18 miles until you come to the Nancy Pond Traillhead parking area on the right side. (Just past the Notchland Inn and the Davis Path Traillhead. If you reach Sawyer River Road or the Fourth Iron Tent site, you have driven too far.)


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