Yesterday, we posted the Cow Hill Route on our blog. Today we present "the 302." Now for those of you who do not know our area, 302 is the main road that runs from Maine, through Conway along 16 and then up towards Cannon Mountain. It is a major rode utilized by many cars and big trucks and the average speed limit is normally 55 mph. I ran this path last Saturday and honestly, it is kind of unnerving given the amount of traffic that runs up and down this road on a regular basis (as well as 6:30am in the morning on a Saturday). The path starts at our condo, runs down 302 to the Attitash Fields, goes through the Mountain Village, and then returns to the Seasons via 302.
Overall the path is basically flat with a drop of about 100 feet from high to low over the course of the path so I would term it as an easy run so to speak. I have seen many people run down 302 during the day so it is not uncommon to run this road but this path forces you to run off the side of the road and in some cases in the weeds. As an alternative, if you don't want to fight the 302 traffic (or hurdle through the weeds) is to take the short 302 route from the beginning of the run (wide open, easy to avoid traffic) and then do Attitash fields to the village and back to the fields or if you want to take the COW Hill Road run (posted yesterday), that would add .75 miles to this 4 mile jaunt (and make this path a very challenging one) which would allow you to avoid the someone tough parts of 302. That route is shown below.
So your choices are run 302 and be careful or cut out some of 302, using the COW Hill Road run, putting in an additional 400 foot climb to the upside (followed by a drop of a similar amount) and then finish up in a relatively safe run on 302 back to the Seasons.
Here is the Details
The 302 Route: 4.2 Miles
The 302 Route + Cow Hill Extension: 5 miles
Total Elevation High Low of 302: 600ft / 500 ft
Total Elevation High Low of the Extension: 1000 ft / 595ft
Easiest Path: Easiest of the options presented would to take the Attitash Fields and then reverse and head back down the Fields avoiding much of 302.
Hardest Path: Take the whole route with Cow Hill above but instead of going down to Attitash fields from the Seasons, turn up Cow Hill and basically reverse the path mentioned above.
from the Author
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