Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity


Black Mountain: Subalpine Rocky Ridge and Red Pine Forest



Description:
Visitors to Black Mountain in Haverhill and Benton will hike about 2 miles up through a variety of forested habitats, including an uncommon red pine forest, and end up on a partly open rocky summit with subalpine plants and natural communities. There are great views of the Connecticut River valley and nearby Mt. Moosilauke.

At around 2,000 feet in elevation
, the trail passes through a portion of an exemplary red pine rocky ridge community, heavily dominated by Pinus resinosa (red pine). Farther up the trail, at the summit of the mountain (2,800 ft.), the open ledges and low vegetation are part of an exemplary red spruce - heath - cinquefoil rocky ridge community.

NH Heritage conducted an ecological inventory of Black Mountain State forest in 2004. The full report is available here (click for pdf file).


Directions:
From Rte. 25 in East Haverhill, go 3 miles north on Lime Kiln Rd. Park at the trailhead and take the yellow-blazed Chippewa Trail 1.8 miles up Black Mtn.

Landowner:
White Mountain National Forest / State of NH - DRED

Images (hold mouse over image for caption)

Black Mountain (photo by Pete Bowman for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Black Mountain outcrop, south of summit (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Pinus resinosa (red pine) in the red pine rocky ridge community at Black Mountain State Forest (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Pinus resinosa (red pine) in the red pine rocky ridge community at Black Mountain State Forest (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Boreal chickadee (Poecile hudsonica) (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Sugarloaf from trail (photo by Pete Bowman for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Pinus resinosa (red pine) in a portion of the exemplary red pine rocky ridge community at Black Mountain State Forest (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Ecoregional context map of Black Mountain State Forest (click for larger pdf)  Exemplary natural communities at Black Mountain State Forest (click to link to larger pdf)

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