Ascent of Sandwich Mountain on 2012-11-10

Climber: Jeffrey McLean

Date:Saturday, November 10, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sandwich Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3960 ft / 1207 m

Ascent Trip Report

Set out to hike Sandwich Dome up Sandwich Mountain Trail via Noon Peak, with a side trip to Jennings on the way back down Drakes Brook Trail. Up to about 2500 feet was clear, but after that any shady areas had slight snow coverage. No special equipment was needed, and it wasn't very slick at all. I would expect this all to freeze up in the late afternoons with the trail being on the North facing side of the mountain. Sandwich mountain trail was moderate to start, but the final push up Noon Peak got pretty steep. This lower section of trail was clear and in good ship with the exception of one or two blow downs that you can easily climb over or get around. The views from the first ledge are outstanding. You can see Techumseh, Waterville Valley, and up to Mt. Washington. Noon peak summit didn't appear to be marked by a carin or sign or anything. Just after the upper junction of Drakes Brook there is a large blow down. People seem to be bushwhacking around the left side of this. At the Jenning's peak turn off we decided to head straight out to Sandwich Dome and snag Jennings on the way back. It's pretty level up until the Smart's Brook Trail junction. At this point it gets a little steeper (nothing to terrible) but there are a lot of large blow downs. If you keep your eyes peeled you'll be able to tell which have been bushwhacked around, and which you just have to crawl under or over. None of them were too bad, but you'll want to add a little to book time because there are maybe 5 of them, and it did take some time to negotiate them. The view from the top is outstanding. You get an amazing view of Mount Washington and everything in between. Totally worth the effort. On the way back down we hit Jennings which is a short but pretty steep side trail off of the Sandwich Mountain Trail. The way up was easy, but the descent was starting to get a little slick. We met a nice couple with a cute little dog headed up while we were headed down. They caught us a little way down the Drakes Brook Trail and we stuck together to the parking lot. Drakes Brook was a really nice trail. Not a lot of views, but a really easy grade with only one or two steep parts. Eventually you'll run parallel to Drakes Brook for a few miles. Outstanding views of the forest and the brook the whole way down. There was an easy water crossing before the last .4 miles to the lot. Mostly level to gentle down hill the whole way along the river. All told this was a great day, great views, and we met some great people.
Summary Total Data
Ascent Part of Trip: Sandwich Mountain Trip

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Noon Peak2012-11-10 
2Sandwich Mountain2012-11-10 
3Jennings Peak2012-11-10 

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