Ascent of West Mountain on 2013-07-28

Climber: Alan Bernier

Date:Sunday, July 28, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:West Mountain
    Elevation:2733 ft / 833 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed Notch Pond Road in towards the old Fire Warden's trail. Stayed right at the first intersection, and right at the second intersection as well. You will next come to a turn that is not shown on the topo map, where there is a road that turns right and follows under the power lines. Don't turn right here! If you do, it may save you a bit of hiking, but I didn't explore that route, so I'm not sure - you should closely examine the satellite images if you choose to try that direction. Instead, I continued straight and uphill past the last power line crossing. There was a camp off on the right, and the good road quickly went bad and abruptly ended. Park here. There are no trail signs or blazes, just one old road going right, and one going straight. Straight is the one you want.

Follow this nice trail for about a mile. It is obviously an old road, wide and generally firm underfoot, although grass and nettles are encroaching along most of the way. You will come to an open area with some beaver activity, but there are two small streams to hop across and you're in the clear. At about one mile, there is a cabin right in front of you. Keep your eyes peeled on the left for a big red gate to deter ATVs from following this road. Don't follow the road straight past the camp, take this road on the left and go through the gate and go a little over half a mile further. Once again, look closely for a white sign in the woods on your right that announces the start of the fire warden's trail. Follow this fine trail to the summit - it is a beautiful spot, and the tower is in good shape with outstanding 360 degree views. This would be a great hike for families with kids.
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