Ascent to Massabesic Ledges on 2012-02-02

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Thursday, February 2, 2012
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Place:Massabesic Ledges
    Elevation:390 ft / 118 m

Ascent Trip Report

I wanted to go on a quick after-school walk/hike, but I only had a couple hours before it got dark. My Dad and I eventually decided to go to the Massabesic Ledges, which overlook Massabesic Lake.

The trailhead is located off of NH 121 across from Massabesic Dr. The walk is partly on Manchester Water Works fire roads (which may be used as hiking trails) and a path from the top of the road to the ledges.

The area was recently logged out, so it's not as scenic as it was in the past. The grades were easy the entire way. About a third of the way in, the road forks. The straight fork goes to the shore. We took the left fork.

The grade of the road got a little steeper, but it wasn't really steep. At the top of the road, the beginning of a path comes into view. This path leads to the ledges.

The path was more enjoyable/trail-like and less slick than the road (it was covered with snow and ice). There were a few blowdowns, but they weren't a problem. At about half a mile, the trail opened up, and we were rewarded with a fine view of Massabesic Lake.

I got a quick swig of water while taking in the view. I noticed South Uncanoonuc Mountain, Joe English Hill, and the Pack Monadnocks off in the distance. I could also see Battery Point across the lake, which was starting to melt in this mild winter.

We continued down the path for a short distance and then turned left onto another path. It went into a dip and then it went uphill back to the fire road. We turned left to go back to the truck.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:130 ft / 39 m
    Total Elevation Loss:130 ft / 39 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Fire Rd 54 & 53, Herd path
    Start Trailhead:NH 121  280 ft / 85 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:130 ft / 39 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 110 ft / 33 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Gain on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Fire Rd 54 & 53, Herd path
    End Trailhead:NH 121  280 ft / 85 m

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