Bushwhack: The Twins and Shaw

I thought I’d be worn out after doing a training hike on Mount Chocorua the day before, but my legs felt fresh and I had a free day. So, I was targeted an area of the White Mountains closest to me with trails I haven’t hiked and peaks on the New Hampshire 500 Highest list. I ended up chosing Province Pond Trail and the northern peak of The Twins, and Mount Shaw. It looked like a nice combo of trail and bushwhack, and the total distance would only be around 6.5 miles. A shorter distance as it was approaching noon when I decided to go. What I didn’t expect was that the fire road leading to the trailhead was closed, which added another 4 miles. There were some rocky climbs during the bushwhack, and I came across a mountainside covered with hundreds of trillium, more than I’ve ever seen in once place. The views around Province Pond were particularly beautiful.


  • Parked at gate on FR450 off Green Hill Road in Chatham, NH
  • Hiked FR450 to Province Pond Trail
  • Left on Province Pond Trail to crossing of stream near Province Pond
  • Bushwhack to west to The Twins North Peak
  • Bushwhack to north to Mount Shaw
  • Bushwhack to east to FR39
  • Right to intersection with Province Pond Trail
  • Right on Province Pond Trail to Province Pond Shelter and back to trailhead on FR450
  • Right on FR450 back to gate



Date: 09 May 2021
Distance: 10.6 miles
Moving Time: 03:36:48
Pace: 20:22/mile
Elevation Gain: 2552′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Province Pond Trail

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