Ascent of Pawtuckaway South Mountain on 2013-08-02

Climber: Paul Blanchette

Date:Friday, August 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pawtuckaway South Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:908 ft / 276 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started on reservation road on north mountain trail. The first half mile is a wide trail and then it climbs up to the ridge that has the west and north peaks on it. There are a number places to go out to large rocks to get a partial view toward the south. The trail drops down steeply with two large rock faces as it heads toward the pond. When we got near the marsh before the pond we decided to bushwhack up Rocky Ridge. It lives up to its name as we had difficulty finding a way up. Either start at the ends or you may need climbing gear. We did get up there and the view from the main rock outcropping was great. Climbed back down and got on the south ridge trail to south mountain and the fire tower. Fantastic views from the tower, binoculars are a plus. Hiked down to Tower road and back to the car on reservation road.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:713 ft / 216 m
    Total Elevation Loss:603 ft / 183 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:628 ft / 191 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 488 ft / 148 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Loss on way in:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:boulder trail, south mtn trail
    Start Trailhead:on boulder trail after decent from rocky ridge  420 ft / 128 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:463 ft / 141 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 378 ft / 115 m; Extra: 85 ft / 25m
    Gain on way out:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:trail to tower rd, tower rd, reservation rd
    End Trailhead:start point, north mtn trail and reservation rd  530 ft / 161 m
Ascent Part of Trip: pawtuckaway loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Pawtuckaway-West Peak2013-08-02 a425 ft / 130 m
2Mount Pawtuckaway2013-08-02 b135 ft / 41 m
3Rocky Ridge2013-08-02 c210 ft / 64 m
4Pawtuckaway South Mountain2013-08-02 d713 ft / 217 m
Total Trip Gain: 1483 ft / 452 m    Total Trip Loss: 1483 ft / 453 m

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