Ascent of Gap Mountain on 2011-07-04

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Monday, July 4, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gap Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1890 ft / 576 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached from the east on Rte. 124, and turned south on Bullard Street just past the Mt. Monadnock entrance. I followed Bullard until immediately before the sharp right turn, where I instead went left into the Gap Mtn. trailhead parking lot.

At this trailhead, you can pick up the white-blazed Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, which goes to the two knobs that comprise the northern summit of Gap Mountain. At least one trail sign refers to the trail as the Royce Trail, so don't be thrown off. The trail gradulally gains elevation throughout the ascent, with few flat sections. The trees thin out just before the north summit, allowing for views in every direction, highlighted by a view of Mt. Monadnock to the north.

The M-M Trail descends from the summit toward the west, but an unmaintained single-track trail continues on to the higher south summit. I found this trail at the southern end of the north summit, and it descended the cliffs following what is probably a Class 2 route. The trail soon bottomed out into the gap between the two peaks of Gap Mountain, at one point passing through a fern-covered area. It wasn't too tough to stay on this ribbon-like trail because it is surrounded by dense vegetation on both sides most of the way. The trail then began a generally easy ascent up the south summit.

I saw one small cairn and one large cairn on the south summit. I also found a ledge near the large cairn which offered views of the Wapack Range toward the east.

I backtracked over the north summit on my return. The southern approach to the north summit required a short scramble. While at the north summit, I searched through the many blueberry bushes and found some berries that were early to ripen. They really were a treat on this hot, sunny day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:151 ft / 46 m
    Trailhead:1739 ft / 530 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Clear

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