Ascent of Mount Shaw on 2013-07-11

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Thursday, July 11, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Shaw
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2990 ft / 911 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the northernmost of the two junctions between NH-25 and NH-109 in Moultonborough, I headed SE on NH-109. Call this point mile 0.0. At mile 2.1 I turned onto NH-171 at a fork where NH-171 is the L branch. At mile 4.4 I passed a large unpaved parking lot on the R; this is the main trailhead for many of the hiking trails in the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT), which owns much of the land in the Ossipee Mtns, including Mt Shaw. A large color-coded hiking map is posted here. At mile 5.9, just past Sodom R which is on the R, is a parking area on the L. I parked here.

I hiked up an old woods road, now barricaded from vehicular travel by a few boulders, that heads uphill (N) from here along a creek. After about 10 minutes I encountered a fork. I took the L branch, which continues along the creek (the R branch climbs uphill). The road gradually degenerates to a trail marked by red blazes. The creek diminishes and divides into several tributaries, some of which are crossed by the trail, which eventually leaves the creek altogether. The trail then climbs more steeply, eventually gaining a crest which is the backbone of the Ossipee Mtns. On the crest is a junction with the much larger High Ridge trail. I turned R on this trail, then followed signs 1.0 mile to the summit of Mt Shaw. The highest ground is hidden in a patch of waist-high weeds. Clear areas between stands of trees provide views in most directions.

On the descent, I made the 0.3 mile O/W side trip to Black Snout, following signs.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2312 ft / 704 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Trailhead:NH-171 & Sodom Rd  678 ft / 206 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 

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