Ascent of Parker Mountain on 2011-11-05
|Date:||Saturday, November 5, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||1400 ft / 426 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWanting to hike another NH County Prominence Peak, I decided on Parker Mountain, as it was close by.
Took the Spencer Smith Trail, which is off of NH 126 in Strafford. There is a small parking area with signs marking the trail and showing how far away the summit is.
The trail had an easy grade for the first few hundred feet or so. It went over long wooden boards to avoid wet spots. After that, the trail got a lot steeper. There was a side path that led to a beautiful view from a ledge. I got some video and a picture, and I also found a geocache.
The trail ascended the mountain ridge at a steep grade, and I noticed another side path. I took it, and it led to a clearing. The views were bad, so I went back to the main trail.
The grade eased as the trail reached the top of the ridge. It went through woods and wet parts, and it eventually reached a ledge that had great views and was marked with numerous cairns. I ate and dransk some water, and thought that this couldn't be the summit, so I went farther down the trail, and I found the summit.
The summit is less exciting than the ledges, and is marked by a large cairn. I got a video of the summit and a picture of the cairn, and went back down the trail to my truck.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||500 ft / 152 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||2 mi / 3.2 km|
| Route:||Spencer Smith Trail|
| Trailhead:||Spencer Smith Trailhead 900 ft / 274 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Mostly sunny, chilly|
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