Ascent of Mount Kearsarge on 2011-05-06

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Friday, May 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Kearsarge
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2920 ft / 890 m

Ascent Trip Report

To access the trailhead, I drove north on Rte. 11 from I-89, and turned right on Kearsarge Valley Road, and then left on Kearsarge Mountain Road. There were a few bends in the road, and then I turned right on the road labeled on the Google Map as both "Kearsarge Mountain" and "Winslow House". This took me to a circle drive, with lots of parking.

I ascended along the 1.1 mile Winslow Trail, which is blazed in red (and orange, in some spots). This is a steep, rugged trail, and it was definitely not a casual stroll. Near the top, there is a clearing where I took in the view toward the north, previewing the impressive views that awaited shortly at the summit.

Upon reaching the summit, I could see views in every direction, and I stayed for fifteen minutes to take some pictures. I climbed three flights of stairs to the highest accessible tier of the fire tower, and then walked over to check out some of the old shacks downslope from the fire tower and communications tower area.

For variety, I took the Barlow Trail back down to the parking lot. This trail is a half-mile longer than the Winslow Trail, and there are good views toward the north along the higher sections of this trail. The view includes of course the White Mountains off in the distance, and the nearby Ragged Mountain, which was my next destination for today.

The snow has almost receded from this area, except for a few patches here and there, which didn't present any problems. Overall, I encountered typical spring trail conditions, with mud and occasional flowing water.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1100 ft / 335 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1100 ft / 335 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1100 ft / 335 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Winslow Trail
    Start Trailhead:Kearsarge Mtn Rd. trailhead  1820 ft / 554 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1100 ft / 335 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Barlow Trail
    End Trailhead:Kearsarge Mtn Rd. trailhead  1820 ft / 554 m
    Time:40 Minutes

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