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Enjoying Nature’s Candy at Pitcher Mountain

Posted on by Andrew Reynolds

If you liked my most recent post on the early summer blueberries at Greenfield State Park, get your hiking boots ready and grab a container to pick all of the wild blueberries you can eat at this week’s destination–Pitcher Mountain Fire Tower in Stoddard.

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The Pitcher Mountain Fire Tower

Located in the midst of the Andorra Forest in southwestern New Hampshire, this little mountain is a true gem that most people have never heard of. Not only are the berries plentiful and ripe, but the panoramic vista from Pitcher’s peak is one of the best I’ve seen in New Hampshire–even among the bigger mountains and longer hikes. The view includes the many surrounding hillsides and pastures, the Green Mountains, Mt. Monadnock, and on rare occasions, a glimpse of the White Mountains–Mt. Washington and Mt. Lafayette.

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A barely visible Mt. Monadnock in the distance.

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Every where I looked (when I wasn’t transfixed by the scenery in the distance) raspberries and blueberries blanketed the rocky summit, covering every slope and plateau and surrounding each trail.

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What you’re not going to see (or hear) while you’re up there is cars, boats, horns, or any kind of traffic for that matter. In fact, only the Zen sounds of nature can be heard from here– the birds’ songs, a gentle breeze, and the rustling trees.¬†On my adventure, I was lucky enough to be serenaded at the peak by a local group of campers who were on an evening hike.¬†During the intro in my video below, you can hear a clip of their song.


The cinematic view from the peak

The 15-minute hike along the white-blazed trail from the parking lot on Rt. 123 is on the easy side of moderate because of the subtle incline, which is accessible for most ages, shapes, and sizes.

 

The views alongside the trail aren't too bad, either.

The views alongside the white-blazed trail aren’t too bad, either.

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If you’re looking for a quicker route to the top, there’s a more intense trail marked by blue blazes.

After picking a bowl full of berries, I grabbed my video camera and climbed to the top of the fire tower to capture as much of the view as I could. This is where I was most at peace enjoying nature’s candy–the birds, the berries, and the whispering breeze.

Although I haven’t experienced one myself, I’ve heard that Pitcher Mountain is an amazing spot to watch the sunset. What’s your favorite park or peak or place to watch the sunset?

Before you leave, it’s important to remember to toss a few dollars to cover your blueberry and raspberry picnic into the tin box nailed to the tree near the parking lot. No one will be checking up on you… except for your conscience!

As always, happy and safe trails!

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About Andrew Reynolds

Howdy folks! My name is Andrew Reynolds. I've lived in New Hampshire for more than 4 years, and I recently graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from Keene State College. To put it simply, I'm a writer and photographer who loves everything about the outdoors--including but not limited to kayaking, mountain-biking, fishing, swimming, camping, backpacking, hiking, rock-climbing, picnicking, walking the dog(s), and meditating at a peaceful vista. If I had to describe myself (and, therefore, my blog) in three words, I would choose the following: curious, adventurous, and quirky. I think curious fits because of my interest and passion in learning and education, which pushes me to research on my own as well as talk to the experts about the science and history behind our environment (ecology, geology, biology, astronomy, etc.). Adventurous is representative because of my everlasting wanderlust and dedication to adventuring to the state's countless "hidden gems," tranquil day-trips, and other interesting escapades. Lastly, but most importantly, I chose quirky because of the perspective I like to offer through this blog. Being disconnected from our natural environment has intense consequences, not only for our personal health and sanity, but indirectly for the well-being of others--present and future. One of the biggest reasons for why I enjoy the outdoors so much is because it's the most satisfying way for me to break out of the bubble, stray from the hustle-bustle, and gather a fresh outlook on what's truly important in life. I hope that documenting and sharing my experiences in this blog will serve as a vehicle to inspire more people to understand, care for, and appreciate our environment, as well as the health of our planet and its inhabitants. Happy (and safe) trails everyone! View all posts by Andrew Reynolds →
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