At some point we have to decide about whether we'll stay in Danville or Goreham Friday night. Take a look at the attached map, which doesn't show Goreham.

If we stay in Danville, here's what we'd have to do Saturday morning:
- drive from Danville to Jefferson, NH (see green dots).
- drop a car off at the end of Starr King Rd. (Est. time from Danville, 1hr)
- then we have to drive up to Stark (see green dots), head down Mill Brook Road and park.

Google Maps estimates the entire trip to Stark (dropping a car on Starr King Rd) at about 1.5 hours. We'd have to add about 20min to get to the trailhead on Mill Brook Rd. Let's say 1:45 - 2:00 from Danville.

If we stay in Gorham, there's no real reason to spot a car Friday night, although there's no harm (Starr King Rd is right on the way). Google Maps estimates it's about 40min to Stark from Gorham, so it would be about 1:00 - 1:20 Saturday morning. I'm guessing we can save about 30-40 minutes by staying in Goreham.

Sun Data:

  • Begin civil twilight 6:51 a.m.
  • Sunrise 7:21 a.m.
  • Sun transit 12:28 p.m.
  • Sunset 5:35 p.m.
  • End civil twilight 6:05 p.m.

If we wanted to hit the trail just before sunrise (say, 7am), we'd have to leave Danville around 5-5:30am. We'll have 10hrs of sunlight to cover 19.5 miles. I think we'll need 8 if we don't run too fast, 7 if we trot most of the trottable sections, 6 in mid-summer dry conditions.


  1. Based on preliminary discussions it looks like MD and Tmail will be shacking up in Muthaville Friday night with a very early departure Saturday morning to spot two vehicles.

    Our goal will be to stay at a steady 2mph pace being fully prepared for hiking in headlamps both in the morning and evening.

    Stay tuned for more details

  2. You bastids... have a great day out and be safe.

    I'll be thinking of you while I'm drinking whiskey and talking the perils of marathons in NYC.

    By the way - TMail and I are heading out on Dec 17/18 to Carter Notch Hut if anyone is interested. An overnight at teh hut, some poking around the ridge, and just living large.