Ascent of Crotched Mountain on 2019-09-29

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, September 29, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crotched Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2060 ft / 627 m

Ascent Trip Report

A nice afternoon hike. We checked out the other side of Crotched, having previously taken Shannon's Trail to the summit. This was a far more scenic route, but it was also much longer. We started at the Crotched Mtn Town Forest trailhead and took Link Trail to the beginning of Summit Trail. It was a nice flat walk, with a scenic beaver marsh at the beginning. We crossed a gravel road and then took the east fork of Summit Trail. It was a very long, flat walk. The trail crossed some brooks, passed another wetland, and went across a field. At the beginning of the climb, there was an open talus slope, which was quite amazing to see on such a small mountain. As the trail followed the crest of the ridge, there were countless ledgy viewpoints. The scenery with the fall foliage was incredible. We took the Upper Link across to the viewpoint at the top of Shannon's Trail, where we had stopped the first time. I followed the unofficial trail up to the summit fire tower footings. We returned to the Summit Trail and took the west fork, which was steeper at first, then just a long, moderate forest descent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1590 ft / 483 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1590 ft / 484 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1440 ft / 438 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1150 ft / 350 m; Extra: 290 ft / 88m
    Loss on way in:290 ft / 88 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:Link Tr/Summit East Tr/Upper Link
    Start Trailhead:Crotched Mtn Town Forest  910 ft / 277 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1300 ft / 396 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1150 ft / 350 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Upper Link/Summit West Tr/Link Tr
    End Trailhead:Crotched Mtn Town Forest  910 ft / 277 m

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