Pratt Mountain

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Pratt Mountain
Pratt Summit View.JPG
View of Binney Pond from the top of Pratt Mountain.
Highest point
Elevation 1,817 ft (554 m)
Coordinates 42°43′57″N 71°55′10″W / 42.73250°N 71.91944°W / 42.73250; -71.91944Coordinates: 42°43′57″N 71°55′10″W / 42.73250°N 71.91944°W / 42.73250; -71.91944
Geography
Location New Ipswich, New Hampshire
Parent range Wapack Range
Geology
Age of rock 400 million years
Mountain type metamorphic rock
Climbing
Easiest route Wapack Trail

Pratt Mountain is a 1,817 feet (554 m) summit within the Wapack Range of mountains in south-central New Hampshire, United States. It lies within the town of New Ipswich and is traversed by the 22 mi (35 km) Wapack Trail. The subordinate peak, Stony Top, 1,760 feet (540 m), forms the north shoulder of the mountain. Pratt Mountain offers expansive views from rocky ledges along its length.

New Ipswich Mountain is located directly to the north along the Wapack ridgeline; to the southeast rise Binney Hill 1,441 feet (439 m), Emerson Hill 1,551 feet (473 m), Nutting Hill 1,620 feet (490 m), and Mount Watatic, the southern terminus of the Wapack Range.

The east side of the mountain drains into the Souhegan River watershed, to the Merrimack River thence the Atlantic Ocean; the west and south sides drain into the Millers River watershed, to the Connecticut River, thence into Long Island Sound. Binney Pond, located in Binney Pond State Forest along the Wapack ridgecrest between Pratt Mountain and Binney Hill, is known for a biodiversity of rare plants and salamanders.

References[edit]

  • Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide (1999). Boston: The Appalachian Mountain Club.
  • Flanders, John ( 1991) Wapack Trail Guide. West Peterborough, New Hampshire: Friends of the Wapack.
  • Note: The Appalachian Mountain Club's Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide regards Pratt Mountain and New Ipswich Mountain as part of Barrett Mountain; however, USGS maps and The Friends of the Wapack consider them distinct peaks; each rises over 200 feet (61 m) above the gaps that separate them from their neighbors.

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