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 2016-10-08 Ossipees hike - Sentinel to Shaw 
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 2016-10-08 Ossipees hike - Sentinel to Shaw
Hiked from Mt Sentinel to Mt Shaw yesterday. Garry and I had wanted to do something in the Ossipees in foliage season; we had been to Mt Shaw 2 or 3 times by the same route and I thought it might be nice to try a different route. After getting some info from Ken (Dingo), Garry and I met up at the Mt Sentinel trailhead and made the approximately 4-mile trip to Mt Shaw. As Ken had said, the trail up to Sentinel was short but steep, and then from there to Shaw, the trail wasn't very well-used. But it sure was well-blazed. At some points you could see 6 or more blazes in front of you. The summits on the way are Sentinel, Canaan, Flagg, and Shaw, but we decided to skip Canaan since it's off-trail quite a bit (we headed that way for about 10 minutes but it was slow-going so we turned back to the trail). Actually, all of these trails were pretty slow going, especially the trail between Flagg and Shaw, which was very rocky, with a very remote feel. We're not exactly speedy hikers, but I was surprised when it took us 4 hours to go 4 miles. We only spent about 3 minutes on Shaw because it was already 12:30 by the time we got there. Great foliage on the whole hike, but I was surprised at how beat up I felt when we were done, for a hike with such moderate stats (about 8.5 miles round trip with about 2400' elevation gain).

Fog over Winnipesaukee as seen from Mt Sentinel, with the Belknaps on the other side of the lake.

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Great fall colors
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Dan Hole pond in the foreground
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Shelter between Sentinel and Canaan
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Great color all along the trails
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The most expansive views were from the rocky summit of Mt Flagg
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The colors from Mt Shaw summit were fantastic, the pictures don't do them justice. We were surprised to have the summit to ourselves.

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The Ossipees are a great alternative to the White Mountains, especially on a holiday weekend. We only saw a few people near Mt Sentinel on the way back.

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BobC wrote:

The Ossipees are a great alternative to the White Mountains, especially on a holiday weekend.


Ummm, not really. Saw no one here. :P

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Seriously though. This was how I'd intended to to Shaw the first time, with a bike spot. But after looking at the mileage, I said screw it. Had always intended to try and do it sometime with a car spot. Looks like I missed my chance. :evil: :wink:

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That's a great hike. Did it last Spring with Peter. IIRC we went up Black Snout and then over to Shaw and down the way you went up. The trail from Shaw to Flagg had some of the thickest black flies I've ever encountered, and as you point out it is not a trail built for speed. Foliuage season definitely looks like a better time to hike this one.


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