Ascent of Mount Kearsarge on 2012-05-13

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 13, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Kearsarge
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2920 ft / 890 m

Ascent Trip Report

I arrived at Winslow State Park at about 11:40 AM. I put my backpack on and went to the trailhead shortly after that.

I spent about a minute trying to decide which trail to take to the top, and I eventually decided to take the 1.8 mile Barlow Trail, which is an easier alternative to the Winslow Trail.

The trail started off at an easy grade with some rocky and muddy parts. It lined the northwestern slope of the mountain for most of its length. Its grade quicklty changed and began to vary from easy to moderate, pushing to steep. There were also a couple stream crossings and a bridge crossing in the early going.

After the bridge, the trail got more windy, rocky, and muddy, and the trees started to thin out. Grades were mostly easy to moderate. There was a rocky clearing to the left that looked like a viewpoint, but it looked wooded, so I passed it. After this, the hike was like it was as I've described it until about 3/5 of the way up, when the trees began to give way to ledges.

Upon exiting the woods, the first views revealed themselves, and the trail turned from dirt to rock. It was well-marked with blazes and cairns, so following it wasn't a problem. I could soon see the fire and communications tower in the distance, so I knew that I was getting close. Eventually, the trail went into some woods and intersected with the Winslow Trail and then turned left to the summit.

Upon reaching the summit, I was greeted with a 360 degree view of southern and central NH stretching for several miles. The first place I went to was the fire tower. From here, the views were 360, and still great. I took them in, took some pictures of myself in addition to other video and pictures, and then went to find a spot to eat and drink water.

I spent about forty minutes at the summit. After that lunch break and checking out the summit, I went back down the Barlow Trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1100 ft / 335 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Barlow Trail
    Trailhead:Winslow State Park parking lot  1820 ft / 554 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:35 Minutes

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