Ascent of Beech Hill on 2020-06-07

Climber: Gianina Lindsey

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 7, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Beech Hill
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1870 ft / 569 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the kiosk on Beech Hill Road. Had downloaded Map Man's GPX tracks and I'm glad I did. While the trails are well blazed and have signs at all the intersections, the trails intersect each other so often, I was feeling turned around until I checked the GPX tracks to ensure I was in fact heading in the right direction! Several weeks ago I had walked up the access road for the cell towers with my family, not realizing we hadn't hit the actual summit, so I was back to actually bag that for the NH Firetower list. Started on the East Face Trail and took Zig Zag Trail up to Old Carriage Road. Went over to the towers and headed for the South Outlook. I saw the trail with the blazes on the utility pole, but got confused if that was where I needed to go, so continued the entire length of the open field. I wasn't sure this was right either, but about halfway across the field I could see a sign on a utility pole, so I kept going. The sign said To South Outlook, no arrow or anything, but I felt like it was off to the right, so I headed that way and soon after a trail headed back into the woods with To South Outlook and Cemetery with blue blazes. Made it to the South Outlook and had pretty views across to Monadnock. Headed back and this time stayed to the left on the red blazed trail and popped out at the trail I wasn't sure was correct back near the cell towers. Found the Carriage Road trail directly alongside the cell tower fence and followed that along to the Ridge Trail. This was where I kept getting turned around as the Carriage Road and Ridge Trail seemed to join and leave each other several times. I made it to another intersection that said Eagle Rock Trail, so I took that up to the Eagle Rock outlook. Some views across to Skatutakee and Thumb Mountains and Monadnock in the other direction. Pretty little outlook. Headed back along the Ridge Trail towards the summit. What appeared to be the high point had another pretty view though starting to get obstructed by trees. From here I just followed the Ridge Trail back to the intersection with Zig Zag Trail. I had found that a little damp on the way up, so instead of taking that back down I headed back over to Old Carriage Road and the access road for the cell towers taking that back down instead. Overall, a great little trail network with many options to get in a few miles.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:East Face Trail, Zig Zag Trail, Old Carriage Road,
    Start Trailhead:Beech Hill Road kiosk  
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:Ridge Trail, Old Carriage Road, access road
    End Trailhead:Beech Hill Road kisok  

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