Ascent of Mount Kearsarge on 2012-09-15

Climber: Jeffrey McLean

Others in Party:Elizabeth
Date:Saturday, September 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Kearsarge
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2920 ft / 890 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked up the Winslow Trail and down the Barlow Trail from the Winslow State Park side. There was rain in the early morning so after reading some trip reports of the Winslow Trail I was initially hesitant to go this way. I've read that it's very steep and very eroded in places, but that's not totally the case. It is definitely very eroded in places, but as far as steepness goes it wasn't too bad. Considering it's climbing over 1,000 feet in about a mile, it could have felt a lot steeper. I thought it was a pleasant trail. Not a lot for views on the way up, but still descent. A little after the 1/2 way marker you'll see a large high rock on the left side of the trail. It's worth climbing up on to it to get a great view of the valley below. Once you summit there are great views, made greater by climbing up into the fire tower. It was a clear day and we could see to Boston as well as areas all around. After lunch on the summit we descended on Barlow. This is a great trail. Plenty of views and a very gentle slope (it's almost 2x the length of the Winslow trail). Clean, wide, and with excellent footing. Don't get scared off the Winslow trail ascent. It's a great hike, and if you hate it, hey - it's only a mile. It'll be over soon enough right?
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
nice fall day. Very windy at the top. 30 MPH gusts

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