Ascent of Mount Pawtuckaway-West Peak on 2013-08-02

Climber: Steve Blanchette

Others in Party:Paul Blanchette -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Friday, August 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Pawtuckaway-West Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:900 ft / 274 m

Ascent Trip Report

Full Trip Summary:
Hiked the full Pawtuckaway Loop minus Middle Peak.

Parked off Reservation Road at the North Mountain Trailhead. Took North Mt. Trail to West Peak and then on to Mount Pawtuckaway. Detoured off to many of the rock ledge lookouts. We could see our final goal of the fire tower on South Peak.

After coming down Pawtuckaway and getting to the marshes we decided to bushwhack up to Rocky Ridge. The rock face was longer and steeper than expected and took us a while to find a way up. I recommend going to the right (North East) side where we finally found some areas to get holds. Basically rock climbing at parts! This was well worth it as the rock ledge had some GREAT views over Pawtuckaway State Park! We had a bunch of Hawks just coasting off the thermals right over us and could look down to marshes and round pond and see the ducks. You also got a great view to Middle and South Peaks. Well worth the extra effort to reach this and be the first ones to log in on PB!

After bushwhacking our way back down we took South Ridge Trail to the South peak and climbed the fire tower (8 of 16 for me!). My dad had binoculars and we could see all the way to the coast! On the way back down from South peak we realized it was later than we had thought and had to give up our dream of bagging the entire park by getting Middle Peak. Guess we'll have to come back for that! Tower Road back to Reservation Road and my car.

A great afternoon trip and a great hike that had a little bit of everything!

Totals: 7.3 miles / 5 hours / 4 peaks
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:430 ft / 131 m
    Total Elevation Loss:120 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:430 ft / 131 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 360 ft / 110 m; Extra: 70 ft / 21m
    Loss on way in:70 ft / 21 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:North Mt Trail
    Start Trailhead:Reservation Road  540 ft / 164 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    End Trailhead:Col  850 ft / 259 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Pawtuckaway

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Pawtuckaway-West Peak2013-08-02 a430 ft / 131 m
2Mount Pawtuckaway2013-08-02 b130 ft / 40 m
3Rocky Ridge2013-08-02 c210 ft / 64 m
4Pawtuckaway South Mountain2013-08-02 d713 ft / 217 m
5(Attempt) Pawtuckaway Middle Mountain2013-08-02 e0 ft / 0 m
Total Trip Gain: 1483 ft / 452 m    Total Trip Loss: 1727 ft / 526 m

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