Tuesday, July 10, 2018


A morning hike to one of the best of the smaller peaks. Potash (2,700 ft.) gives you great close-in views of the higher Sandwich Range peaks and more distant views out to the north. The hike is 4.4 miles round trip with 1,450 ft. of elevation gain, fairly steep and rugged in the upper half.

View up the Downes Brook valley to Mt. Passaconaway and a northern spur of Mt. Whiteface, from a ledge on a high shoulder at 1.6 miles.

Rough, rocky footing where the trail traverses the steep east slope of the mountain.

Eastern view to Mt. Chocorua, Hedgehog Mtn. and Mt. Paugus.

A ledgy swath leads towards the top.

Mt. Whiteface far up the Downes Brook valley.

Northwest view, taking in Mts. Huntington, Hancock and Carrigain, Greens Cliff, and the Nancy Range.

Peering into the heart of the Sandwich Range.

The Sleepers, Mt. Tripyramid, the Fool Killer and Scaur Peak beyond the Sabbaday Brook valley.

The Sleepers, displaying the 2011 Irene slide on West Sleeper.

A closer look.

 The Osceolas beyond a northern spur of the Fool Killer. Scaur Peak is on the left.

A balanced boulder.

Massive Mt. Passaconaway, with the lower slabs of the Downes Brook Slide in view.
For a detailed write-up on Potash, click here.


  1. Was walking down Downes Brook trail right near the crossing of trail and the brook this weekend and somebody was discharging a gun off the trail in rapid fire. I could hear bullets zinging across the trail. yike....

    1. Holy cow, that is crazy and totally irresponsible.