Ascent of Catamount Hill on 2012-05-06

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Sunday, May 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Catamount Hill
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:721 ft / 219 m

Ascent Trip Report

After 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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