- Temple Mountain
Name = Temple Mountain
Elevation = convert|2045|ft|m
Location = Sharon and
Temple, New Hampshire
Coordinates = coord|42|49|39|N|71|53|07|W|type:mountain
monadnock; metamorphic rock
Age = 400 million years
Last eruption =
First ascent =
Easiest route =
Temple Mountain is a convert|2045|ft|m
monadnocklocated in south-central New Hampshirewithin the Wapack Rangeof mountains. It lies within Sharon and Temple, New Hampshire; the convert|22|mi|km|abbr=on Wapack Trailtraverses the mountain. The mountain is convert|3.5|mi|km long and has several summits; three of them are named: Burton Peak convert|2010|ft|m, Whitcomb Peak convert|1710|ft|m, and Holt Peak, the high point. Pack Monadnock Mountain is located directly to the north along the Wapack ridgeline; Kidder Mountainto the south. Much of the north face of the mountain, formerly the Temple Mountain Ski Area, is the state-owned Temple Mountain Reservation Area. Scattered ledges along the ridgeline offer long vistas west to Mount Monadnockand 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 Riverwatershed, thence into the Merrimack Riverand Atlantic Ocean; the west side drains into the Contoocook River, thence into the Merrimack River.
Temple Mountain Ski Area
Temple Mountain Ski Area was a downhill, or alpine, ski area that operated from 1938 until 2001. During peak operation, the ski area featured a quad chairlift, a double chairlift, and multiple T-Bars and rope tows.
Its entrance was located on Route 101, straddling the border of Temple and Peterborough.
Like many other small ski areas in the country, it closed due to poor weather, rising costs and changing recreational habits.
The convert|350|acre|km2|sing=on site, of which about 60 acres was used for the ski area, was purchased in 2001 by a couple living in Temple, who in December 2007, sold it to New Hampshire to create the Temple Mountain Reservation Area.
*"Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide" (1999). Boston: The
Appalachian Mountain Club.
* [http://www.wapack.org/ Friends of the Wapack]
* [http://www.nhstateparks.org/planning-development/temple-mountain-project.aspx Temple Mountain Project] - New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation
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