I'm always fascinated with plane crashes, and when there is a plane crash site I can hike to, I always make it a point to get there and check it out. While in New Hampshire, I caught wind of a plane wreck near Mount Moosilauke. It is actually on the east slope of Moosilauke. although the nearest named peak is Mount Waternomee.
This crash was a Douglas B-18 bomber that crashed on January 14th, 1942. I read an couple articles on the internet from the Laconia Daily Sun and a hiking article from HikeNewEngland.com. The Hike New England link describes how to get to the site and where to park.
The hike is a short one, with the first 1.2 miles is on a forest road (Walker Brook Road), followed by a herd path to the wreck. The vertical gain is only 600' in the first 1.6 miles, followed by a steep climb of 1000' in the last 0.7 miles.
The plane wreckage is strewn over quite a large area, and you can spend quite a while examining the various parts of the plane.
Below are some photos from our adventure.
Hike Distance: ~ 5 miles roundtrip
Hike Time: 3 hours, including stops
Total Vertical Gain: ~ 1700'