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Mount Kearsarge - Solo Hiking

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Mount Kearsarge (2,937ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,100ft
Trails: Barlow Trail
Distance: 3.6 miles roundtrip
Duration: 2 hrs/50 mins (includes stops for breaks along the trail and at summit)
NH 52 With A View
Difficulty: Easy

I wanted to do another solo hike but this time an easy one especially since I had never hiked on a weekday. I packed the usually emergency shelter, extra layers, survival kit , first aid kit, water, food, camera and batteries. I left my itinerary with my family also including where I would be parked with directions to the trailhead. I've taken to doing this so that my family can get my pickup truck in the event that I'm unable to drive home.

At trailhead of the Winslow State Park. I was the only one in the parking lot, but was okay with that, it was Monday after all. But right before I set off, a car pulled up and a woman and her dog headed up to the Winslow Trail. I originally planned to take the Winslow Trail up and then the Barlow Trail on my descent, but changed my …