Location: Albany Township
Distance: 1.9 miles, round trip
Duration: 1-2 hours
Managed by: Bruce Barrett (private landowner)
Round Mountain is a relatively short hike with a nice payoff. The views from the ledges include the White Mountain National Forest in Maine and west towards Mount Washington. The land is graciously offered by private landowners for the public benefit. Please respect the land and leave no trace.
The trail begins about halfway up the hill on Hunts Corner Road. The parking lot is on the east side of Hunts Corner Road and is plowed throughout the year.
The trail is a pleasant mix of walking on old logging roads, through stands of massive oak trees, into spruce/fir forest clinging to ledge, and finally to a unique play area on a massive rock castle. Take a bit of time to carefully explore the rock castle. There are several chasms one can fall into, but also a fun mountain goat scramble to the tip-top of the castle.
The trail down from the ledges to the rock castle are steep and caution should be taken when descending. It is recommended that people hike the castle loop in a clockwise fashion.
Nice views at several points. The trail was steeper than I had thought it would be, but it was a nice, slow hike for "slow but steady" me! We took the loop in counter clockwise direction which I am glad for as the loop on the downside back was pretty steep - glad I had my trekking poles. I'll do this again.
A moderate hike with beautiful views.
Great views of White mountains
The trail is well marked with wood squares and red arrows in addition to the cairns that are mentioned on the Trail Finder description. It is very steep in places.
Trailhead difficult to find.
Went around the steep side of Castle Rock.
Hiked with David B.-hardpack with snow spikes-snowshoes not required
Tricky hiking with lots of acorns hidden beneath the leaves.
Perfect hike for an afternoon when we didn't have a lot of time, but wanted some exercise and a great view. We waited out a shower to start our hike, and were rewarded with sunshine and a rainbow.