Sometimes you just need a short hike to get your heart pumping and enjoy some beautiful views no matter the season. Pitcher Mountain is a great short hike for that.
The trailhead is located on Route 123 in Stoddard, NH. There is a small parking lot and the options of two trails up to the fire tower. We usually take the old tote road to the top, but there is also another trail, called Blue Trail that you can take. The tote road is a little rocky, just be cautious of your footing. If you are hiking in the winter you may need Micro spikes.
It was a little under a half mile to the top where the fire tower is. Both trails are about the same distance. I love the views from the top because on a clear day you can see Mount Monadnock and into the ski mountains of Vermont. I am not exactly sure how far you can see, but it seems pretty far and for little effort the views are breathtaking.
In the spring, fall and winter fire tower is locked as there is no one working there. The last time I was there in the summer there as a fire tower watch person working. They were a wealth of knowledge of the various landmarks you can see from the tower.
This trail is great for children, families, beginner hikers and those just wanted to get out for a quick hike with a great view.