Ascent of Pack Monadnock Mountain on 2012-03-11

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Sunday, March 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pack Monadnock Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2280 ft / 694 m

Ascent Trip Report

I really wanted to do a winter hike up Pack Monadnock, and time was running out, so I decided to do it on 3/11/2012.

Took the Wapack Trail to the summit after starting at 11:20 A.M. It immediately crossed the auto road and then had a few steep, rocky parts early on after that. There was a clearing with a great view of Mount Monadnock and Temple Mountain in the beginning. After the steep parts, grades were easy to moderate. About halfway through the hike to the summit, ice started to appear, so I put on microspikes. The hike became much easier after that, although I did slip and fall once, even with the spikes. I reached the summit at 12:05 P.M.

Pack Monadnock's summit was very crowded. I took some video and pictures and explored a little, took in the view, ate and drank water, and then descended via the Marion Davis Trail.

The trail was very muddy and a little icy, although descending it wasn't difficult. I won't say too much about the trail; I explain it in more detail in my 11/11/2011 trip report for Pack Monadnock.

Arrived back at the parking lot at 1:00 P.M. I put my stuff in my truck, took one last look at the road and trails, and left.

This was my fourth ascent of Pack Monadnock, and my first winter ascent of it. With this ascent, I have hiked Pack Monadnock in all four seasons, four years in a row from 2009-2012. 2009 was in summer, 2010 was in spring, 2011 was in autumn, 2012 was in winter. Now I would like to hike Pack Monadnock in all four seasons in one year!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:900 ft / 274 m
    Total Elevation Loss:900 ft / 274 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:900 ft / 274 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Wapack Trail
    Start Trailhead:Base parking lot  1380 ft / 420 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:900 ft / 274 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Marion Davis Trail
    End Trailhead:Base parking lot  1380 ft / 420 m
    Time:30 Minutes

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