Ascent of Imp Face on 2012-11-03

Climber: Brian Lamarsh

Others in Party:GO
Date:Saturday, November 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Imp Face
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3165 ft / 964 m

Ascent Trip Report

Seven of us followed the Imp Trail clockwise starting from the roadside on NH Route 16. This 6.3 mile loop was relatively easy during the assent. The trail followed open forest for the first few miles than began to ascend more until it opened to the cliff above the Imp Face. Note that the actual profile of the Imp Face is not visible on the hike, but is visible from a picnic area just north from the parking area on Route 16. The cliff afforded wonderful views of the Great Gulf and Presidential Peaks. Continuing clockwise, the decent remained above the elevation of the cliff for about a mile, crossing many intermittent streams. All stream crossings were easily negotiable at a relatively high water level from the recent Hurricane Sandy. Once the trail meets with the North Carter Trail and bears right it becomes rocky with flowing water between the rocks. The trail eventually falls onto Route 16 just south of the parking area. A short walk along the paved road will bring you back.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy

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