Ascent of Nubble Peak on 2015-02-22

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Sunday, February 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Nubble Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3813 ft / 1162 m

Ascent Trip Report

From parking at the end of Little River Road, I crossed the bridge, and continued on the snowmobile trail southward to Haystack Road. I turned right on Haystack Road for a very few steps to the start of Forest Road 304A.

Rather than following 304A, I went right into the bushwhack. I set a bearing that would take me almost due south, to a point southeast of the 2520’ closed contour on the Nubble Ridge, but north of the steep, cliffy areas higher up on the ridge. This seemed like a safer option, and it wasn’t bad, save for the ever-present irritating woody vegetation in the recently-logged areas that I crossed. The snow was also deep and powdery, which would be the main theme for today -- it was hard work and slow-going, and my snowshoes were sinking in between 1-3 feet all the way.

Once I gained the ridge, I followed it upward through nice, open woods to the false summit known as The Nubble. Once I reached the Nubble, I could see it would get thicker and a lot more sprucey on the way up to Peak Above The Nubble. (Nice view looking up to the peak from there, allowing me to see exactly what I’d be faced with.) I thrashed around, hoping to find a herd path, because otherwise I’d be faced with severe spruce trap risks. I knew there had to be a herd path, just like there is on all New England Hundred Highest “bushwhack” peaks.

After five minutes, I found that herd path, and proceeded up to the peak, continuing to deal with deep powder the entire way. It was very hard to gain traction in some of the steep parts, but I continued making steady progress. Finally, the terrain flattened out, and I had to very carefully cross a spruce trap minefield to reach the summit.

It felt good to relax a bit, and I was excited about the descent. After a fifteen-minute pause at the summit, I followed my tracks all the way back down. It felt like I was going at warp-speed compared to what I was doing while ascending, with the route now broken out and with the gravity assist.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2213 ft / 675 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2213 ft / 675 m
    Trailhead:Little River Road  1600 ft / 487 m
Descent Statistics

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