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Ascent of Whitehorse Ledge on 2012-10-17

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
Date:Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Whitehorse Ledge
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1440 ft / 438 m

Ascent Trip Report

A steep colorful trail hike ..... 1.5 miles, 1 hour RT.

We came down to the North Conway area for the fall colors, taking the opportunity to hike the lower peaks offering the best colors. Our very favorite drive is the Kancamagus/Bear Notch Road, Lincoln/Bartlett and Hwy 302, Bartlett/Crawford notch. We came home on our 3rd day due to the heavy rain.

From the junction of Hwy 302/River Road at the Eastern Slope Inn Resort in North Conway, we drove west on River Road for 1.5 miles to a left turn on Cathedral Ledge Road, then 1.7 miles to the Cathedral Ledge summit parking.
It is only a 50 yard walk to the rocky summit of CATHEDRAL LEDGE.

From the summit parking I walked the yellow-blazed Bryce Trail as it descends steeply the west slope of cathedral Ledge before turning southerly to the col with Whitehorse and arriving at a Trail Junction at .3 miles. I turned right and ascended steeply another .4 miles to the rocky summit on WHITEHORSE LEDGE.

The colorful trail with open rock ledges on both summits offered an outstanding panorama of colors. A beautiful time of the year for the mountains.

From here we went to check out the near-by Birch Hill. We stayed at the Eastern Slope Camping in Conway.

"I SEE TREES OF GREEN, RED ROSES TOO.
I SEE THEM BLOOM, FOR YOU AND ME.
THE BRIGHT BLESSED DAY, THE DARK SACRED NIGHT.
AND I THINK TO MYSELF, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD." ... Louis Armstrong


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1120 ft / 340 m
    Total Elevation Loss:795 ft / 241 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:885 ft / 269 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 325 ft / 99 m; Extra: 560 ft / 170m
    Loss on way in:560 ft / 170 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:bryce trail sb from cathedral ledge
    Start Trailhead:cathegral ledge summit parking  1115 ft / 339 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:235 ft / 71 m
    Gain on way out:235 ft / 71 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:bryce trail back to cathedral ledge parking
    End Trailhead:cathedral parking  
Ascent Part of Trip: horse

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Cathedral Ledge2012-10-17 a44 ft / 13 m
2Whitehorse Ledge2012-10-17 b1120 ft / 341 m
Total Trip Gain: 1164 ft / 354 m    Total Trip Loss: 795 ft / 242 m



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