Ascent of Mount Willey on 2010-09-04

Climber: Thomas Carlile

Date:Saturday, September 4, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Willey
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4255 ft / 1296 m

Ascent Trip Report

It's a further 1.4 miles to the summit of Mount Willey, and this section was my favorite part of the hike. The initial descent from Mount Field is somewhat steep, and has a fun rocky section that needs to be scrambled down, and as the trail flattens out approaching the col the rocks give way to softer ground in sections, and the hike becomes a pleasant stroll with gorgeous views into the wilderness to the West.

The ascent up Mount Willey from the col is mild, and there's only a small push up the summit at the end of the trail. The summit cairn is located on a narrow section of the trail with obstructed views. Though there is a small overlook with great views of the Webster Cliffs and the Presidential Range across Crawford Notch.

Other hikers were occupying the overlook, so Jadyn and I returned to the summit Cairn to have lunch. While we were eating a small mouse began scurrying around in the trees to the side of the trail, and seemed to be unafraid of us. We headed back towards Mount Field along the Willey Range Trail. Scrambling up the steep rock section to the Field Summit was fun.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:255 ft / 77 m
    Total Elevation Loss:320 ft / 97 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:255 ft / 77 m
    Loss on way in:320 ft / 97 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Willey Range Trail
    Start Trailhead:Field Summit  4320 ft / 1316 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    End Trailhead:Willey Summit  4255 ft / 1296 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Willey Range 2010 (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Tom2010-09-042214 ft / 675 m
2Mount Field2010-09-04600 ft / 183 m
3Mount Willey2010-09-04255 ft / 78 m
4Mount Field2010-09-04320 ft / 98 m
5Mount Avalon2010-09-0480 ft / 24 m
Total Trip Gain: 3469 ft / 1058 m    Total Trip Loss: 3469 ft / 1058 m

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