Ascent of Mount Crescent on 2019-08-11

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, August 11, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Crescent
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3251 ft / 990 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started our ascent from the Community Forest Trailhead at the end of Randolph Hill Road. This had a really nice parking area with a lot of space. We first went up the Peek Path from the kiosk on the west end, which was immediately rather bouldery and steep. We turned left onto the Mt. Crescent Trail at the end. At the junction with Castleview Loop, we took a short side trip to see Castleview Rock, from which you cannot see anything named "Castle". We continued up the trail, a moderate, steady ascent through open woods, to the junction with Crescent Ridge Trail. We decided to take the left fork first, staying on Mt. Crescent Trail. The climb beyond here was quite steep, with a few switchbacks. At the end, there was a very difficult rock scramble leading up to the viewpoint to the south. We took a lunch break here and looked at the Northern Presidentials, which were completely cloud-covered. There was a nice view into Pinkham Notch and the Carter Range as well as over to the Dartmouth Range. We continued up the trail across the summit plateau, a very dark and mossy area, to the upper junction with the Crescent Ridge Trail. We took the spur path down to the northern viewpoint, which was far better than the southern viewpoint. It offers a unique view into the secluded valley between the Crescent Range and the Pliny Range. All the high peaks of the Pliny and Pilot Ranges can be seen. There was a great view north to Nash Stream Forest and beyond as well. Some extremely distant mountains could be seen on this clear day, including Mont Gosford up in Canada. We took a long break here as well before heading down the Crescent Ridge Trail. This side of the loop seemed even steeper than the way we came up and footing was occasionally treacherous. After the incredibly sharp descent, the trail turned and ran flat, then uphill a bit, before descending back to the loop junction. On the way down, we bypassed Peek Path and continued down Mt. Crescent Trail to the logging road just east of the parking area
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1421 ft / 432 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1421 ft / 432 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1332 ft / 405 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1302 ft / 396 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Peek Path/Mt. Crescent Tr
    Start Trailhead:Community Forest Trailhead  1949 ft / 594 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1391 ft / 423 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1302 ft / 396 m; Extra: 89 ft / 27m
    Gain on way out:89 ft / 27 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Mt. Crescent Tr
    End Trailhead:Community Forest Trailhead  1949 ft / 594 m
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