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Ascent of Mount Hitchcock on 2020-06-21

Climber: Scott Burns

Date:Sunday, June 21, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hitchcock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at the Discovery Trail. Walked around to the furthest one and started hiking at a kiosk. Wanted to hit the numble above and take the ridge. Realized I will not have time to do South peak so gradually went left when I saw a heard path which took me to the stream to cross. The herd path ended after I crossed the wet stream. This section the floor was not safe. I kept going down. Loose rock in the ground so be careful. Trees are loose also and when walking over them or on them; they can be broken up into piece and you slip and fall. Trees like to just fall over when touched. Then 1300 feet to the ridge. Very steep. You will look at your GPS and you are not moving. You may have to go back and forth. You want to go left but too thick. At 2700 feet the thickness starts. I finally went left and by pass it but then came into more. This will be the longest part going up and down. You will get some views but not much. Once you get to the ridge there is relief and it is called blowdowns. The thickness is gone but lots of blowdowns. Keep going straight but then go left and keep left on the ridge when you come to an open space and get to the next open space for the canister. I did not want to go back the same way. I am glad I went straight down the gully to the stream. I ran out of water thinking this was only 3 hours round trip by another report. The water energized me after the second bottle. I followed the stream and once the banking was pushed back. I went left and cross the other stream and soon found a forest road. What a relief. Should have done it this way verse the ridged. Would have avoided hours of going through thick spruce trees. No need for poles. I had them but kept getting stuck in the trees. This slows me down also.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Mud/Swamp
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Route:To the ridge but cut over to the other ridge conne
    Start Trailhead:Discovery Trail  
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Straight down following the gully and then the str
    End Trailhead:Same spot  
    Time:4 Hours 15 Minutes



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