Ascent of Mount Israel on 2019-01-05

Climber: Floyd Greenwood

Others in Party:Outdoor Pursuits Winter 2019
Date:Saturday, January 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Israel
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2620 ft / 798 m

Ascent Trip Report

Entered 1/7/2019.

This was the first Saturday hike with Winter Outdoor Pursuits 2019. This hike replaced our originally proposed hike to Mt. Monadnock due to rain expected further south. We escaped the rain here. We drove in to the end of a dirt road called Diamond Ledge Road south of the mountain. There was a ranger cabin there, not of the Forest Service but some other conservation group. We then hiked up the Wentworth Trail, the only trail to summit Mt. Israel. The trail was two miles to the summit, totaling four round trip. Whoever made the White Mountain lists were not mistaken to include this one in the 52 With A View list. The summit offered a great view to the north of the Sandwich Range and Wilderness. The weather was cloudy but overcast, allowing us to see Chocorua clearly as well as the Tripyrimads, and some peaks far to the northwest. Right in front of us was Sandwich Dome. We completed the hike in decent time, starting at 9:50 and ending around 2:15. We spent a good amount of time at the summit and stopped on the way up a few times, sometimes at great length. I made it back with just enough time to make my way to Boston Symphony Hall to listen to Dvorak's 8th! A false summit would have fooled me for the real one if it hadn't been for Mr. Wall's research. That area of the hike was the most beautiful. Plants sprouted from the bark of living trees, the pale green coupled nicely with the dark brown of the conifer tree trunks and white of the snow. One or two springs revealed themselves no more than ten feet from summit elevation. About half way up a rock wall from at least the last century traversed the mountainside. We wore microspikes throughout. We also brought snowshoes in the car but never used them.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Wentworth Trail
    Trailhead:End of Diamond Ledge Road  -9999 ft / -3047 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
overcast but clear below, above freezing at lower elevations

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