Big Beech Mountain is most easily accessed via a half hour hike along the Highlands Trail from Long Pond Ironworks. Although the ascent is 800 vertical feet, there are no strenuous inclines. There are two viewpoints from the trail on Big Beech and the true summit is just a few minutes hike North from the North-most viewpoint. If you hike off the trail towards the east, you will find some excellent easterly views from Big Beech's cliffs.
The photograph above was taken from the swamp that feeds Jennings Hollow Brook.
We parked at the Longpond Museum and only saw two other people on the Stirling Trail up to Big Beech mountain. The trail was well marked but muddy in spots and a bit overgrown. The viewpoint to the south was nice but we failed to find the other viewpoint.
Around the summit I climbed to the top of what appeared to be the tallest rock pile around but I did not know there was a small cairn somewhere very nearby marking the “true summit”. I kinda feel like I didn’t actually make it since I didn’t see this marking but all of this is just for fun anyway. I will be sure to check the previous summit comments before I go to the next mountain to see if there is some sort of marking to look for on the summit.
Then we proceeded to take a picture over the state line and go back the way we came. My hiking partner and I flicked about 20 ticks off of our legs and arms between the two of us and we were wearing bug spray. So far we have pulled 7 off of our poor dog and found a few that hitchhiked into the house on our gear. I’ve never encountered ticks like this on any other hike so I’d recommend taking every precaution, wearing bug spray, and going in the cooler months. It definitely gave me to creeps because I hate ticks but I still really enjoyed this hike.
After Jennings Mountain I continued on the yellow trail and eventually got to the Lake to Lake trail. Took this up to the Highlands trail/Sterling Ridge trail intersection and headed up to the summit. Hiked back down and looped back to the car at the historical village parking lot.
Done as part of the Highlands Trail. Previously, I did it from Stirling Forest. Today, it was from Long Pond Iron Works. Although it was more strenuous coming from the south, it was much more scenic too.
Trying to get more hikes in before the mosquitos come out! It was an easy walk from the Blue Lake parking lot via the Lake-to-Lake trail and Highlands trail. The high point appears to be immediately adjacent to the trail, but I hiked to the coordinates and placed another rock on the cairn at that spot. I don't know what it's like on the weekend, but nobody was on the trail, and just a couple of fishermen near Blue Lake.