Estimated Time: 1-2 hours round-trip
Distance: 1 mile on trail round-trip (plus 2 miles on gravel roads round-trip to reach trailhead)
Mascot Pond makes for a great destination on a hot summer day, or when you want an easier hike to what feels like a remote location. To reach this trail, park at the Trestle Bridge in Gorham and follow the directions to the Mahoosuc Trail found here. It is a bit complicated to find, so make sure to follow the directions carefully. Once you reach the trailhead, take the Mahoosuc Trail as if you were heading to Mt. Hayes. Soon after you start up the trail you will cross under power lines. After just about 1/2 of a mile, you will reach the side trail to Mascot Pond on the right. Take this side trail. It is flat from this junction all the way to the pond, only one or two minutes down the trail.
From the sandy shores of Mascot Pond you will be able to see all the way to Mt. Washington on a clear day. If you turn around and look “behind” the pond, you will see a fairly large rock slide. Mascot Pond is also the site of the abandoned Mascot Mine. The mine was built in the 1880’s to extract lead, zinc and silver ores from the sides of Mt. Hayes. These materials were then sent via train to New Jersey. The buildings that once stood here are long since gone, but if you are feeling adventurous you can carefully climb up the rocky slope to some of the mine entrances. Today these entrances are gated off to protect over 1500 bats from five species that hibernate in the cave and Mascot Mine is the largest hibernaculum (location used for hibernation) in the state of NH!