Whitten Woods is Wicked Fun!

I was recently introduced to what is perhaps the best kept secret in the Squam area – Whitten Woods in Ashland. This network of public multi-use trails is located on a 414-acre property and is managed by the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) in partnership with Ashland residents, the Ashland Conservation Commission, New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF), and the Squam Lakes Conservation Society (SLCS). Centrally located and just minutes from exit 24 off of I-93, this is another great, local, family-friendly hike.

There is a small but ample parking area just off Highland Street. As you approach, on your left you will see the Whitten Woods trailhead sign posted high on a tree. At the start, this former work road offers easy footing and a gradual climb. You will soon come to a junction where you can access either North Peak or South Peak. Heading toward North Peak, the trail narrows and enters denser forest where you’ll find more rocks and roots but still good footing. Before you know it you’ll reach a rocky outcrop and the North Peak summit sign. Continue on the loop to pass a great view of the lakes and return to the first junction. We decided to give South Peak a try and found wide, grassy, gradual ascent. Part way up you’ll come to a pasture, turn to the northeast to find amazing mountain views. A very short, steep climb brings you to South Peak with more views of the lakes and mountains. Our return to the parking lot brought us to just over 3.5 miles and 650 feet of elevation. Easily done in under an hour, this is a great option for all levels and ages! Bring your dogs too!

Trail Head Parking, Highland Street, Ashland, NH

Hikers Welcome!

Whitten Woods Trail Head Kiosk

Explore Whitten Woods!

Magnificent Views of the Lakes and Mountains from North Peak Loop

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