Via the Langdon Trail and Mount Parker Trail (7.8 mile hike)
Mount Parker is a relatively easy mountain to access from Bartlett Village via the Mount Langdon Trail and the Mount Parker trail. It is pleasant, and quiet with some great views of Mt. Washington and to the north Rocky Branch Valley. It is a hike that most any dog and human duo can tackle.
Beginning on US 302 heading north from the Conway region, drive to the four corners in Bartlett Village, NH where Bear Notch Rd. (seasonally open) is signed on the left. To the right there is a small road called River Street that leads across the Saco River, take this road and bear left at an intersection to a signed parking area across from the river. This is a quiet neighborhood parking area that is without a fee and facilities. There is also river access across the street that is frequented by water sports enthusiasts and fishermen. Dogs are allowed in the water.
The Mount Langdon trail begins as an old logging trail, as you ascend this becomes less evident. It crosses a brook at 1.0 mile and then enters the Presidential Range-Dry River Wilderness. At mile 2.5 (1,894 feet) the trail intersects with the Mount Parker trail, this is the trail to the summit of Mount Parker an additional 1.4 miles and (1,100 feet) ahead.
Mount Parker trail is pleasant and lightly used; it can be in some places hard to follow because of poor maintenance and frequent blow downs. Hikers with experience will have no trouble finding their way along the trail. The ascent is moderate, with some small switchbacks and viewpoints along with way to the summit. From the bare summit of Mount Parker, there are some amazing views to the north, visible is the Rocky Branch Valley and Mt. Washington. There are partially obstructed views of the mountains across US 302 as well, including Attitash ski area. A pleasant hike of 3.9 miles from the road to the summit where are no difficult spots or hard to tackle ledges or rocks on the ascent. After enjoy the views and some snacks, turn around and follow the trail back out the way you came. The descent can be slippery so use caution and take your time.
For a person with a reasonable degree of confidence this is a trail that most anyone and their four-legged companion can enjoy. Be sure to bring extra water, as there are no reliable water sources on the trail.
Langdon Trail to Mount Parker Trail: 2.5 miles 1,894 feet
Langdon Trail to Mount Parker Summit: 1.4 miles 1,004 feet
Total mileage from parking to summit and back: 3.7 miles