Ascent of Slide Peak on 2010-06-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Friday, June 11, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Slide Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4806 ft / 1464 m

Ascent Trip Report

A point-to-point hike, westbound on the Glen Boulder Trail then southbound on the Davis Path going over 8 Peaks on the Montalban Ridge ..... a tough wet day with a lot of blowdown to deal with ...... overall 18.2 miles and 5900 feet of ascent in 13 1/2 hours.

I had been looking at this day for a long time, deciding which was the best way to do it, one long day or an overnight backpack. I opted for one long day against Rose's opinion, she was strongly against one long day. I concluded that it was best to do it in one day. As it turned out I believe I did the right thing, however I didn't do all that I wanted to do. The original plan was to summit 10 Peaks ..... this included Middle and South Davis, both bushwacks (too dense/tough and not enough time).

Rose dropped me off at the Glen Boulder TH on hwy #16 just south of Pinkham Notch at 6h00 hours. She'll go back to the Hotel, spend the day in North Conway, and pick me up the Davis Path TH Parking on hwy #302 (mile marker 51.5), west of Bartlett. I estimated a 13-14 hour day.

I ascended The Glen Boulder Trail (huffing and puffing) to GLEN BOULDER, went over the summit of SLIDE PEAK and up to the Davis Path Trail junction at elevation 5177' (the hard part of the climbing over). There I descended the undulating Davis Path southbound all the way down to its TH parking at hwy #302. On the way down I took the short/moderate spur trail climbs to the respective summits of MONTALBAN RIDGE-NORTH PEAK, ISOLATION, DAVIS, STAIRS, RESOLUTION and CRAWFORD.

All went as planned except for MONTALBAN RIDGE-NORTH PEAK. I was expecting the Davis Path to go over its summit as was the case with SLIDE PEAK. Well that's not what I found, the trail stays to the side of the true summit requiring a good bushwack and lot of scrambling to the different heights-of-land (fairly flat area).
It was because of the lost time and the experience with this bushwack and the poor weather that I decided to forget MIDDLE and SOUTH DAVIS.

MOUNT RESOLUTION is also a bushwack of sorts. The Parker Trail takes you to open rock but not necessarily the true summit. I continued on the off-trail into the woods to a height of land (a possible candidate) then bushwacked around in the fairly large flat area without no obvious highpoint. Satisfied with my effort, I called it good and backtracked to the Davis Path .... where I continued south, going over to CRAWFORD before descending to the TH on Hwy #302.

I was in a cloud for most of the day after I started southbound on the Davis Path, at one point it drizzled for about an hour. The trails were mostly moderate throughout except for the initial steep climb to Slide Peak.
The rocky/rooty trails were especially wet in the woods (lot of water) as I sloshed my way south, footing was very slippery and difficult. Also there was a lot of blowdown across the trail that I had to go around/over/under. At one spot there must have been a dozen jumble/pile of downed trees over a 50 foot long section of trail that I had to fight/thread my way through ..... really tough, dangerous and time consuming.
The Davis Path is in the woods and closed-in without views once you are below tree line at about 4500', the only views available are those you get at the respective summits.

The trails were quiet today except for one northbound couple and one southbound solo hiker, who called out to me from a distance as I snacked at the trail junction of the Davis Path/Spur trail to ISOLATIONI (I had just descended from the summit).
"I didn't want to scare you." He said as he approached me.
We exchanged pleasantries and then he offered "This is my last one".
Obviously referring to one NH'S Lists (I believe NH 4000 Foot Peaks).
"Well congratulations, that's an amazing accomplishment, good for you and stay safe".
"The same to you, thank you very much, have a good day." As he started the short climb for his final peak.

I want to note that of this day the Resolution Shelter is posted as closed because of safety concerns.

I came out at the Davis Path TH on hwy #302 at 19h30 hours, Rose waiting since 17h00 hours. She was worried and somewhat upset with my tardiness, which was normal and expected. All I could do was offer an apology. We drove directly to the Hotel and went out for a late dinner after getting cleaned up.

I was happy with my day except that the trail conditions made it tougher than it should have been. I was fatigued, with some ankle soreness, otherwise I felt better than I did the day before yesterday, when I did the 14 miler traverse of the Baldface Range.
Tomorrow we will drive home, however I will have to come back to NH a number of more times if I wish to complete the different outstanding NH Lists that I'm after.

Recommended source of trail information is the "White Mountain waterproof trail map for NH and ME".


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1861 ft / 567 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1861 ft / 567 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:glen boulder tr wb from glen boulder
    Start Trailhead:Glen Boulder (from #16)  2945 ft / 897 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:glen boulder trail nb to davis path
Ascent Part of Trip: slide

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Glen Boulder2010-06-11 a1045 ft / 319 m
2Slide Peak2010-06-11 b1861 ft / 567 m
3Montalban Ridge-North Peak2010-06-11 c553 ft / 169 m
4Mount Isolation2010-06-11 d343 ft / 105 m
5Mount Davis2010-06-11 e326 ft / 99 m
6Stairs Mountain2010-06-11 f918 ft / 280 m
7Mount Resolution2010-06-11 g405 ft / 123 m
8Mount Crawford2010-06-11 h449 ft / 137 m
Total Trip Gain: 5900 ft / 1799 m    Total Trip Loss: 1080 ft / 328 m

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