Pitchoff Bluffs

This destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly recommended. When traveling off-trail you will experience hazards not realized on a trail, expect more difficult and varying conditions and always lean toward safety as a priority. 

Not to be confused with the Pitchoff near Cascade Mountain, this Pitchoff Mountain is a much smaller version and located at the base of Hurricane Mountain 

Primary Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 9N in Keene, follow Route 9N toward Elizabethtown. Continue past the Hurricane Mountain Trailhead and start looking for a small rock cairn on the left in a grassy area; roughly 4.25 miles from the intersection. The rock cairn marks the herd path for rock climbers.      

From Route 9N follow the herd path as is moves through the open hardwood forest and passes by some smaller rock ledges. The herd path eventually brings you to the base of the massive cliffs. To hike to the top of the cliffs, follow the base to your left (west) and start gradually working your way up the very steep slopes. You will come to a very narrow trap dike in route, but it is not recommended that you attempt to climb through this to the top without protection. It is very wet and slippery and in spots unstable. Continue around to the west and eventually back to the east to the top of the cliffs. 

The views from here are outstanding and only typically witnessed by rock climbers topping off. Be very careful around the edges.  

Elevation: 2405’with 

Elevation Change: 900’ gain

Round Trip Distances:

2.0 miles

Approximate Round Trip Time:

Family with Young Kids:     Not recommended

Experienced Hiker:         3 to 4 hours 

Inexperienced Hiker:     Not recommended

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