It appears the whole West Side of greater Manchester is at the summit of Mt. Megalloway.
There are people here from Goffstown, Bedford and New Boston. Mainly, there are people, dozens of them. We didn’t expect to see anyone, except maybe moose, at this most distant of 52WAV’er mountains. Megalloway is only a short skip and a jump from Canada and to get there we had to drive down nearly ten miles of logging roads. And yet, here we are, with the masses.
It’s awesome. It’s like a party. Families with little ones crawl like ants over and up the tall fire tower. The various viewpoints are stacked with people waiting to get a glimpse of the amazing Great North Woods. Dogs trot this was and that playfully. Picnic tables overflow with baskets of lunchables.
We hike down a ways to a viewing bench overlooking a cliff, and when our turn comes, we break out our own lunch of salami, juice and carrots and eat while humming birds buzz in the trees around us.
I don’t use this word lightly, but all of us are feeling it: Megalloway is magical.
Mt. Megalloway (9/1/12)
Height: 3,383 feet
Location: Pittsburg, I-93 to exit 41 to Route 116 north to Route 3 north (go really north, past Pittsburg town center to near mile marker 235) to Magalloway Road for 5.3 miles to access road for 3.1 miles to base of mountain.
Our trailhead: Coot Trail, up and back. (Warning: Megalloway Road may be closed or unmaintained in winter.)
Distance: 2 miles, round trip (slightly more if you decide to take Bobcat Trail one way, or explore summit look-outs).