Ascent of Gap Mountain on 2011-12-06

Climber: Ken Morris

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Gap Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1890 ft / 576 m

Ascent Trip Report

The beginning of the hike was easy, a wide-open meander. Then at the stream I hooked up with the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail and made my way to the summit. There were many cool features to the hike: there were small sets of stone staircases of 3-5 steps; wooden terrace-style steps; a steep rock scramble near the summit; and fog all day. When I got to the summit at 3:45 I felt like I was wandering over a grassy sand dune at a beach to get to the ocean. The view from the top, which is supposed to feature a spectacular vista including the mighty Mount Monadnock, was a blank wall of fog for 360 degrees. It rained lightly on the way down, but it was a great hike all around despite a lack of summit view payoff. I plan to go back on a clear sunny day.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Metacomet-Monadnock Trail
    Trailhead:Gap Mtn Road lot  
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Foggy, no summit view
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:45 Minutes

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