Ascent of Catamount Hill on 2012-05-06
|Date:||Sunday, May 6, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||721 ft / 219 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter parking, I put on my backpack and started on the One Mile Road, a dirt road linking several trails in Bear Brook State Park.
The road was a little narrow at first, but quickly widened. It had a very gentle grade. There were a few junctions and signs along the way to the Catamount Hill Trail, which I soon reached.
The Catamount Hill Trail was a standard hiking trail- narrow, typical grade and quality. It went around an old section of trail and reached an intersection. A sign pointed to the right way.
After this, the trail got a bit steeper, but the grade was mostly moderate. It was also a bit rough in spots, too. The hike was somewhat uneventful until I reached some ledges and a view to the east.
After this view, the trail ascended to another view to Mt. Kearsarge and the surrounding area. I saw about four mountain bikers pass me as I was taking a video of the view, and I wondered, "People bike this?"
The trail then ascended at an easy to slightly moderate grade to a junction with the main trail and a spur trail to the true summit.
I took the spur. It climbed through woods and by rocks and a few fallen trees. I then reached an apparent wooded high point. My guess is that that was Catamount's summit, although I continued down the spur, which is abandoned, by the way. It kept descending with no going up, so I turned back and went to the easterly view to take a break and then go back to my truck after that.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||400 ft / 121 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||2 mi / 3.2 km|
| Route:||One Mile Rd/Catamount Hill Trail|
| Trailhead:||Deerfield Rd. 321 ft / 97 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
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