Ascent of Crotched Mountain on 2012-08-03

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, August 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crotched Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2060 ft / 627 m

Ascent Trip Report

I arrived at the Bennington trailhead off of Mountain Rd shortly after noon. After looking at my Southern NH Trail Guide and my map, I set out for the summit on the Bennington Trail.

It started off by slightly ascending through shady woods on an old road, and then turned left, indicated by a blue sign pointing left. The trail continued to follow the road, crossing a small stream in the process. Shortly, it became an actual trail.

The trail looked like it hadn't been maintained in a while; this would be more evident on the upper part of it. After crossing a stone wall and following it for a couple dozen feet, it veered away from it and gently ascended through the same woods. After about five or ten minutes, the trail got a lot steeper, and for longer, and I found myself taking rest stops every now and then.

The grade lessened somewhat and the trail wove through thick ferns for a tenth of a mile or so. It turned slight right to a confusing junction. The upper abandoned section of the Bennington Trail was to the left, the current trail went straight, and the old Greenfield Trail went right. I went straight, and in a couple minutes, I reached another junction, this time with Shannon's Trail.

I took Shannon's Trail to some ledges that would have nice views toward Mount Monadnock. This part of the trail was steep in parts, but it was a short distance from the last junction to the last major ledge.

I looked in my Southern NH Trail Guide and read that there was a path at the end of Shannon's Trail that went to the summit. I looked around the ledge and eventually found a blazed path that seemed to go uphill, so I followed it.

The path went up a rock face to another ledge (no views, but it did have a picnic table) and went into woods, with a tower in view. The path forked, and at this point, I didn't know which fork to take, so I went left.

The left fork took me up to the side of the fenced-in towers. There was a rocky area with a small view and what looked like a place where a survey marker went, but other than that, Crotched's summit was rather unattractive. I took a quick photo of myself on the summit and went back to the ledge where the summit path started.

At that ledge, I took a short water break, took another picture of myself, took in the view, and went back down the way I came.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1050 ft / 320 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1050 ft / 320 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1050 ft / 320 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Bennington Trail, Shannon's Trail
    Start Trailhead:Mountain Rd  1010 ft / 307 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1050 ft / 320 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Shannon's Trail, Bennington Trail
    End Trailhead:Mountain Rd  1010 ft / 307 m

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