With weekends being busy it's not always easy to find time to slow down and enjoy the great outdoors as a family. I take whatever time I can get to get out on the trail. A trail that is popular with my family is Kidder Mountain in New Ipswich. It's a great trail if you just want to get out for a couple hours. The trail is located on Rt 123/124 across from Windblown Ski area. The trail to Kidder Mountain is located off the Wapack Trail. It does cross private property so please be respectful of this. Once at the power line, instead of continuing on the Wapack Trail you take a right and walk up the power line road until you see a small sign on the left for Kidder Mountain.
This trail goes over some small rocks, with glimpses of Mt. Monadnock to your left. You will walk by some large flower pots that were supposedly brought up there for a wedding. I have seen flowers in the pots from time to time. From the pots it is a short distance to the top.
The total distance is about a mile and a half. We love this hike because this is the first mountain my daughter hiked on her own, days before her second birthday, it's close to our home and provides a great view. The views from the top are beautiful you can see Wachusett Ski area, parts of Massachusetts, Mount Monadnock and the mountains of the Wapack Trail. On a clear day you can see the sky line of Boston.
This trail is recommended for all abilities as it's a gradual climb to the top.