Ascent of Rose Mountain on 2012-02-04

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, February 4, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rose Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1720 ft / 524 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did a solo hike up Rose Mountain and its two subpeaks, The Pinnacle and Lyndeborough Mountain, on 2/4/2012.

From Lyndeborough Mountain, I turned right onto the snowmobile trail. It went gently downhill and then made a near-180 degree turn, crossing a small stream in the process. After that, the trail climbed to a junction. I turned slightly right for the final trail section to Rose Mountain.

The trail from here was easy to moderate in grade. My foot broke through a half-foot of ice on the way. After that, it turned right and made the final climb to the summit.

Rose Mountain's summit had the best views out of the three peaks. I could see Mount Monadnock, North Pack Monadnock, the Uncanoonucs, Joe English Hill, and other peaks. The summit was marked by cairns and farther away, there was an odd rock wall. I took a water and snack break while taking in the view, and then I called my mother, and after that, went down the way I came for the most part, except that I took the other fork of Helen's Trail.

All in all, it was a good hike. The views were great, and I nabbed three peaks in one hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:260 ft / 78 m
    Total Elevation Loss:560 ft / 170 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Rose Mountain snowmobile trail
    Start Trailhead:Lyndeborough Mountain  1520 ft / 463 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:560 ft / 170 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 500 ft / 153 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Rose Mountain snowmobile trail, Helen's Trail
    End Trailhead:Mountain Rd/Helen's Trail trailhead  1220 ft / 371 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Rose Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
1The Pinnacle2012-02-04460 ft / 140 m
2Lyndeborough Mountain2012-02-0460 ft / 18 m
3Rose Mountain2012-02-04260 ft / 79 m
Total Trip Gain: 780 ft / 237 m    Total Trip Loss: 1020 ft / 311 m

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