Mossy Glenn – Rambling in Randolph, NH
We were just looking for a small easy hike, away from Columbus Day weekend popular trails full of people. The trails around Mossy Glenn, Randolph, NH were just perfect, beautiful, easy, and away from the crowds. The hardest part of this hike was finding the proper starting part on Durand Road.
Once on Durand Road, go only about .5 miles to one of the trail heads, it is before the Mossy Glen Way sign and before the Library. We went past it, only to turn around and find where we wanted to enter. We parked on the side of the road, hopped out and began the little meandering.
We follow the faint path through a person’s orchard.
Spotting the “path” sign, we knew we were in the right place, turning around to see the sugar frosted mountains rising behind us.
The mountains of Adams and Madison were sugar coated with a nice little layer of snow and rime.
The signage on the trail was outstanding. There were signs everywhere indicating the network of trails. We should have continued on the Bee Line trail, but instead went to Mossy Glen first.
We decided to go this way first, instead of the Bee Line.
The trail itself was soft underfoot, narrow and decorated with many wet fall leaves. A little further we crossed the Nepalese inspired bridge.
On the bridge, Mike’s battery camera died and when he went to replace it, the spare sd card fell to demise under the bridge. Mike did spend some time looking for it, but could not find it.
The views in this area were simply beautiful.
We followed this sign next, which did cause us to double back and go over the bridge again.
We crossed back over the stream, which is used for drinking water and a sign request you keep the water pure (so no swimming).
The little path leading back the bridge was lovely and offered more photographic moments.
After crossing the bridge we went this way, towards Burnbrae and Beeline.
Again another sweet path, just ramble on.
We crossed the Peeko Folsom Memorial Bridge. On the other side of the bridge was a memorial bench where I found Mike posing.
I scurried down to the banks of the little stream to snap a few photos.
The next sign pointing us where to go appeared. We went towards the Ravine House Site.
Along the way a rock with fern hair materialized and added to our enjoyment.
Then we followed this sign to exit the trail near the library.
As we tramped along, we came to unexpected surprise, an amphitheater in the words. Mike scurried down while I waited at the top, goofing off.
The trial ended with these trees marking our exit.
We exited the trail, by some summer homes and came out here on Mossy Glen Dr. Private Way.
The views were majestic looking at the mountains.
It was just a short road walk back to our car.
The Details: Maybe 1.5 miles, 40 minutes of just wandering the Mossy Glen area. No strenuous elevation gain. Just a beautiful day to be out in the woods.