Ascent of Round Mountain on 2011-07-10
|Date:||Sunday, July 10, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||1949 ft / 594 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI visited Round Mountain as an extension of my visit to Bacon Ledge to the south. Here I repeat my trip report for Bacon Ledge:
I approached from the west on Rte. 123, and turned left on Shedd Hill Road in the town of Stoddard. I turned right on Old Antrim Road immediately after turning onto Shedd Hill. I followed Old Antrim past several houses, and then the road became rocky and very rough. It became a 4WD road at some point, but I continued slowly in my regular car because the road was dry. It was probably not a great idea, and my wife wouldn't have approved, but I made it to the trailhead without incident.
The trailhead is on the north side of Old Antrim. The trail starts out as a gated road leading deeper into the woods. A sign was posted at the gate providing information about the land, and it said that foot travel was welcome, which is the part I was mainly interested in.
I continued along this wide forest road and after a while it forked. I took the right fork, which led steadily uphill along single track to Bacon Ledge. I believe this is called the Trout-n-Bacon Trail, and it is blazed with yellow rectangles. The last part of the ascent involved a short, easy scramble, and then I stood at the top, taking in nice views to the south. The view included nearby Island Pond. I also saw a state of New Hampshire survey marker embedded in the rock. It was about a mile from Old Antrim Road to Bacon Ledge.
I continued following the Trount-n-Bacon Trail for a half mile to the north along the ridge connecting Bacon Ledge and the summit of Round Mountain. This section of trail was overgrown, with ferns, tall grasses and weeds that are above waist height in some spots. All I could think about was how many ticks I'd pick up, but somehow they managed to avoid me. The Round Mountain summit is viewless. I think the highest point is a large boulder along the trail.
I could have continued along the Trout-n-Bacon Trail down Round Mountain's north slope to Trout Pond, but due to time constraints I turned back after reaching Round Mountain.
My total hiking time was somewhere between an hour and 90 minutes, I think.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||30 ft / 9 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Hot, Calm, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||30 ft / 9 m|
| Route:||Trout-n-Bacon Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||1919 ft / 584 m|
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