Temple Mountain (New Hampshire)

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Temple Mountain
Highest point
Elevation2,045 ft (623 m)
Prominence568 ft (173 m)
Coordinates42°49′39″N 71°53′07″W / 42.82750°N 71.88528°W / 42.82750; -71.88528
LocationSharon and Temple, New Hampshire
Parent rangeWapack Range
Age of rock400 million years
Mountain typeridge; metamorphic rock
Easiest routeWapack Trail
Current sign of state reservation area

Temple Mountain is a 2,045-foot (623 m) ridge located in south-central New Hampshire within the Wapack Range of mountains. It lies within the towns of Sharon, Temple and Peterborough. The 22-mile (35 km) Wapack Trail traverses the mountain. The northern face includes the state-owned 350-acre (1.4 km2) Temple Mountain Reservation Area, formerly Temple Mountain Ski Area. The mountain is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long and has several summits; three of them are named: Burton Peak 2,010 feet (610 m), Whitcomb Peak 1,710 feet (520 m), and Holt Peak, the high point.

Pack Monadnock Mountain is located directly to the north along the Wapack ridgeline; Kidder Mountain to the south. Scattered ledges along the ridgeline offer long vistas west to Mount Monadnock and south along the spine of the Wapack Range; the abandoned ski area on the north side of the mountain offers 270-degree views.

The east side of the mountain drains into the Souhegan River watershed, thence into the Merrimack River and Atlantic Ocean; the west side drains into the Contoocook River, thence into the Merrimack River.


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