Lookout Ledge

All of the following information is based on taking the Pasture Path from High Acres Rd in Randolph.

Estimated Time: 2-3 hours roundtrip

Distance: 2.8 miles roundtrip

Level: Moderate

Directions to the Trailhead

The Randolph Mountain Club (RMC) maintains a vast network of trails in the Randolph area. While there are many routes that access Lookout Ledge, the Pasture Path offers the easiest and likely fastest option.

Access the Pasture Path from High Acres Rd. which is a left hand turn off of Randolph Hill Rd. The trail begins from the right side of the road just after it makes a 90 degree right turn. The trailhead is indicated with a small white sign. At the turn in the road there is a dirt area with some space for parking.

The first 0.6 miles of the trail are relatively flat. The trail passes through some boggy spots, crosses one other trail, and goes through a slightly overgrown clearing. At the time when we hiked this route, there were a few blow-downs (trees fallen over in the trail) so pay attention when following the trail, which is marked with red blazes. At 0.6 miles, you will reach a junction with the Four Soldiers Path. Take a left and then almost immediately after turn right to continue on the Pasture Path (the Notchway Trail will go off straight ahead).

Just after the two junctions, there are a few small stream crossings, which are quite scenic. They are all tributaries of Carlton Brook. After the third crossing the trail begins to climb moderately for the last half of a mile or so. Before you reach the actual ledge (which will be marked by a sign) you will come to a small bench and a clearing looking out to King’s Ravine. Just a minute or so further past the bench is Lookout Ledge. It is a good sized ledge perfect for eating a snack or lunch, taking a nap, or simply enjoying the view of the Northern Presidentials.

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