Ascent of Copple Crown Mountain-Southwest Slope on 2011-05-07

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Saturday, May 7, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Copple Crown Mountain-Southwest Slope
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1700 ft / 518 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked at the end of Mountain Drive next to the old chairlift tower. I found the trailhead next to the telephone pole at the end of the road. This is the red-blazed trail mentioned in other reports, with the trees blazed only on the upslope side. The blazes are faded, and I think I only saw one of them on my eventual return hike. In fact, I lost the trail part way into my ascent, and bushwhacked for a few minutes before meeting up with the better-maintained blue-blazed trail.

I continued on the blue trail until it reached a signed trail junction. The signs pointed the way to the East Peak and the main peak of Copple Crown. I first checked out the East Peak and then the main summit before beginning the bushwhack toward the SW slope high point.

I bushwhacked generally southwest from Copple Crown's main summit, following a meandering route as I sought out the path of least resistance and gentlest slope. I proceded downslope far enough to reach the cliffs described in Lobdell's report as being below the high point location. I returned upslope a bit and located the line of orange flagged trees described in past reports, which I think are generally agreed to mark the county line. I walked along this line, passing through the area circled on the Peakbagger map, using my GPS device as a guide. I roamed around until I felt that I gave it a fair effort, and then I returned to the Copple Crown summit and followed the blue and red trails back to my car.

I'll never know if I stepped on the true high point, but I'm sure I was in the correct area. In my opinion, the two summits of Copple Crown were more fun than the county high point, even though they aren't on any peakbagging lists. But, that's the way it is; county lines were drawn, and the HPs are what they are.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear

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