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Hike / Bushwhack to Vose Spur

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Vose Spur Information

Elevation: 3,862 feet (1,177 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 222 feet (68 meters)
Location: Livermore, New Hampshire (Grafton County)
Range: Pemigewasset Wilderness
Coordinates: 44°06'11" North     71°26'05" West
Rating: How do the ratings work? Very Difficult - The miles on the Signal Ridge Trail & the Carrigain Notch Trail are easy, but the bushwhack to the summit is very difficult, steep and strenuous. It does not always have a herd path.
Features: Bushwhack, no views on the summit, but great views on the rock field during the bushwhack.
Distance of highlighted hike below: Roughly 10 miles (depends on the bushwhack distance)

Vose Spur is a sub peak of Mount Carrigain and has an elevation of 3,862 feet. It is in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. There is no trail to the summit of the mountain, so the only way to reach the top is by bushwhacking. The best route to bushwhack is to hike on the Signal Ridge Trail from Sawyer River Road in Livermore, NH then bear right to hike on the Carrigain Notch Trail. (The bushwhack begins off this trail, see directions below.)

The mountain was named after George L. Vose. The summit is densely wooded with no views, though you can catch great views on the way up on the rock field during the bushwhack looking at Carrigain notch and Mount Lowell.

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


Vose Spur Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Vose Spur. (Note: The highlighted map below shows an approximate location of where the bushwhack begins. It is not an exact.)


From the Signal Ridge Traillhead on Sawyer River Road in Livermore, NH, hike along the Signal Ridge Trail for 1.7 miles until you come to a junction with the Carrigian Notch Trail. Take the Carrigian Notch Trail on the right and hike for roughly the same distance. You are looking for a huge rock (pictured below). When you reach this huge rock continue hiking for about a minute or less until you see some birch logs on the ground on the left (see photo below). This log indicates the start of the bushwhack. Hop over the log and start whackin' your way up to the summit of Vose Spur! There are no further directions to the summit, as this is a very difficult and strenuous bushwhack and should only be attempted if you have a navigation system and/or know what you are doing. There is some herd path along the way, but chances are you won't be on it the entire way because this is a dense wilderness area with many blown-down trees.

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

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Vose Spur View Photos Top

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Junction of the Signal Ridge Trail and the Carrigain Notch Trail on the right. Taken on 9/14/14.


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The big rock to look for right before the bushwhack begins. Taken on 9/14/14.


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The birch logs that mark the beginning of the bushwhack up to Vose Spur. Taken on 9/14/14.


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Views along the rock field during the bushwhack up to Vose Spur. Taken on 9/14/14.


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Views along the rock field during the bushwhack up to Vose Spur. Taken on 9/14/14.


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Views along the rock field during the bushwhack up to Vose Spur. Taken on 9/14/14.


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Summit sign and canister on Vose Spur! Taken on 9/14/14.


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Summit cairn on Vose Spur. Taken on 9/14/14.


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Summit sign, canister and summit chair on Vose Spur! Taken on 9/14/14.

Vose Spur Driving Directions Top

The parking lot for the highlighted hike above is located on Sawyer River Road in Livermore, NH. (Some GPSs won't have Livermore, New Hampshire programmed in.)

Take exit 35 off I-93 South. Head North on Route 3 towards Twin Mountain / Lancaster. Drive 10.3 miles and turn right onto Route 302 East. Drive 19 miles on Route 302 until you reach Sawyer River Road. Drive roughly 2 miles until you reach a parking lot on the left side for the Signal Ridge Trail. It is a dirt road that is closed in the Winter.

The Signal Ridge Trail begins across the street from the parking lot.

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