Ascent of Pawtuckaway South Mountain on 2011-05-30

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Others in Party:Kelly
Date:Monday, May 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pawtuckaway South Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:908 ft / 276 m

Ascent Trip Report

Kelly and I approached by car from the west along Reservation Road, which we accessed from Rte. 107. In dry conditions, some vehicles may make it all the way to the South Mountain trailhead, but we parked a little over a mile from the trailhead to avoid driving over a spot where a stream was washing over the road. We saw a couple of other regular passenger cars make the crossing, but we played it safe and continued on foot. To reach the trailhead, take Reservation Road east until it meets the "T" intersection, and then turn left and go another 0.9 miles.

From the trailhead, the hike to the South Mountain summit is short (0.4 mi) and moderately steep most of the way. The trail ends at the firetower, and we walked to nearby areas of exposed rock to catch some views to the west. We could see the Middle and North Pawtuckaway peaks, a couple of the Belknap Range summits, and other nearby small mountains, including Fort Mountain, easily identified by its tall red and white antenna.

We next climbed the firetower. From that vantage point, we could also see views to the east, including Lake Pawtuckaway.

We stayed at the summit for at least 15 minutes before hiking back down and next hiking Middle Pawtuckaway.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:458 ft / 139 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Tower Trail
    Trailhead:450 ft / 137 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Partly Cloudy

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