Ascent of Crystal Mountain-South Peak on 2019-06-23

Climber: Michael LaRoss

Date:Sunday, June 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crystal Mountain-South Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2960 ft / 902 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached S. Crystal from the west because I also wanted to tag the delisted peak of Blue Ridge, south on the same trip. Had I done the bare minimum of research, I would probably have changed my plan, as I was to learn once I was “on the ground” that the entire western slope of S. Crystal had been logged to an elevation of 2600'. Undeterred, I departed Roaring Brook Road 1.25 north of its junction with Greenough Pond Road at the most favorable spot I could find. I had hoped to find a seam of uncut woods but that proved to be pipe dream within the first 200 yards. Resigned to my fate, I found to my amazement pretty good going. The loggers had been very efficient, leaving very little in the way of slash so while the early going was knee high brush transitioning to head high growth, I never had anything under foot to slow me down. I was able to cobble together herd paths through the worst of it to gain the treeline above the cut. From there it was steep but open woods to the top. In all, I would say this route will be viable for the next 2-3 years before the growth gets too bad.
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