Mt. Cube

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Mt. Cube
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The view from atop Mt. Cube, December 2007. Photo credit: Phil Wagner '09
Drive 30 miles
Hike 6.5 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Mount Cube, with open ledges on its north and south peaks, commands views both back down the valley towards Hanover and ahead to Mount Moosilauke and the White Mountains beyond. This is the northern end of the long ridge stretching north from South Moose Mountain that forms the eastern edge of the Connecticut River valley. The pinkish-gray summit rocks are quartzite, the same hard ridge-forming rock that runs in a band from Lebanon, over Moose, up Lambert Ridge, and on to Cube. On warm days, the summit ledges of Mount Cube are excellent lunch spots. Be sure to sample the wild blueberries in late summer

Driving Directions

Take Route 10 north out of Hanover, through Lyme, and into Orford. Just before reaching the green in Orford, turn right onto Route 25A East. Pass through Orfordville in 2.5 miles and continue up the northern shoulder of Mount Cube, whose summit ledges are visible above the trees. After 8.3 miles, at the height-of-land, pass Mount Cube Farm and former governor Mel Thompson’s famous pancake house. Continue on Route 25A and descend steeply to Upper Baker Pond. Just before crossing a steel highway bridge, 10.2 miles from Orford, the AT south leaves from the right hand side of the road. Park in the parking lot across the bridge

Hiking Directions

Take the AT south from 25A, crossing the unbridged Brackett Brook about a mile and a half in. A little over three miles in is the beautiful summit. Return to your car by the same trail.


More Information

Dartmouth Outing Guide

Advice & Anecdotes

Look out for Brackett Brook - it may be impassible in the spring or when water levels are high.

You might want to advertise this as Moderate if you do it in the winter. My trip on 2/6/2010 took 5.5 hours with a lunch break, going at a pretty slow pace due to snow & ice. There are a lot of stream crossings to watch out for, you may have to search up and down the streams for safe places to cross. On this trip, the streams were all very, very thickly frozen over, even Brackett Brook, due to the very cold weather. Views and the coniferous forest at the summit are incredible! -Jessie


Trip Reports

5/22/2010

Mt. Cube is in relatively good condition, though there are some muddy sections, but no blowdowns. We had a nice hike and probably went 2/3 of the way up while taking photos. The trail is in good use as several parties past us. Beware, the downloadable map on USGS is from the early 90s, and is incorrect. Enjoy the trail!

4/1/2012

Day hike led by Will Bishop and Patrick Campbell, fifteen hikers total, the day was overcast and started to drizzle as we were coming down. The hike took around four and a half hours, including a small side trip on the side trail to north peak. The trail was fairly muddy in some places, particularly as the day went on, and there was much more ice and snow than anticipated. The ice made it a little slippery in places, but you could circumvent it fairly easily by walking on the edges of the trail. Great views and a great trip!

5/27/2012

We went up the north side of Cube, and towards the base of the mountain there were a few wet areas which led to a lot of bugs, but overall the trail was in excellent shape. We left around 9:20 am, got there about 10:00, cruised up the trail, and had lunch on the summit at 11:30. The weather was better than you could ever hope for, and everybody had a great time.


11/24/2013- Hexacuba trailwork

Group: Sam Kernan (leader), Renata Hegyi (heeler), Jumno Kim, Edrei Chua, Rachel Margolese

Time: 9:30AM-2PM (from Robo to Robo)

Weather: Cold! (3F windchill). Snow on the ground, but clear skies.

Report: We carried woodchips and a new sign with instructions for using said woodchips to the Hexacuba shelter privy. It was quite cold and snowy, we wore microspikes. The trip would have been unsafe, if not impossible without them. We were originally planning to summit, but after having lunch at the shelter and completing our work on the privy, the crew decided that we'd rather snack in the warm car on the drive back to campus instead of summiting in the cold.


5/8/2015

Group: Adam Schneider (leader), Josie Yalovitser (heeler), Ana Mercedes Colon, Dan Pomerantz, Katherine Schreiber

Time: 1-7 pm

Weather: Beautiful weather, warm and breezy, sunny skies around 80 degrees

Notes: Trail was in pretty good shape, besides for some major fallen trees across the trail near the top of Mt. Cube. Microspikes were definitely not required, but it was very muddy and slippery on some parts. Summit was beautiful, a bit windy, had snacks at the top and then went to Whippidip after. Overall great hike.


4/22/17

Group: Adam Burnett '18 (leader), Johnny Sanchez '18 (heeler), Ioana Solomon '19, Mary Clemens-Sewall '20

Time: Left Robo at 8:45 AM, got back at 3 PM.

Weather: Cool (40-50 ºF), overcast, breezy, and some rain.

Route: We hiked on the AT from the north side, starting and ending at the trailhead on Route 25A.

Notes: Trail was very muddy at lower elevations and icy higher up. There were occasional patches of relatively deep snow, but it was firm enough so that we could walk on top without postholing. It was worth having microspikes for some lengths of trail, but we found ourselves taking them off and then needing to put them back on several times. Overall the trail conditions made for slow going at times. One stream crossing was difficult due to high water. Due to time constraints, we only visited the north peak. It was completely clouded in, so there wasn't really a view, but the wind was mild enough to make it a decent place for lunch.