Ascent of Uncanoonuc Mountains-South Mountain on 2010-12-05

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Sunday, December 5, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Uncanoonuc Mountains-South Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1310 ft / 399 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the end of Mountain Base Road, next to the beach. Took the Incline Trail to the summit. This trail is aptly named, because it is a straight shot to the top, with a consistently steep grade the whole way. As I understand it, a railway shuttled tourists to the summit along this route during the early 20th century. There are views of Manchester on your left on the ascent. The trail ends just before the summit, and I walked along a short road for the final push.

The full hike to the summit took about ten minutes. I power hiked it in part to get a workout, and in part because darkness was approaching. I walked around the summit area for a few minutes, seeing lots of fenced-in towers. I saw a couple of parked cars, and heard two men talking at one point. Although this summit is heavily developed, and often avoided, it nevertheless offers nice views.

I made the descent down the Incine Trail about five minutes slower than I went up, due to the rapidly diminishing visibility and rough footing.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:710 ft / 216 m
    Route:Incline Trail
    Trailhead:Mountain Base Road  600 ft / 182 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes

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