Ascent of Mount Dartmouth on 2013-08-31

Climber: Hockey Puck

Date:Saturday, August 31, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Dartmouth
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3727 ft / 1135 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked at the Caps Ridge trailhead and crossed the road entering the woods at an open area just north of the height of land. I followed a contour line between 3000 and 3100 feet elevation staying in the beautifully open woods as far and long as possible. bushwhacking was extremely easy through fern patches and mossy areas never getting thick or difficult. With the Dartmouth summit directly to my West I began ascending the steep slope. Terrain was a bit more challenging to navigate however the woods remained open 90% of the way. Found herd path with approximately 100 yards to the summit.

Descended the same way following the 3100 foot contour line past the col between Dartmouth and Millen before bearing south to Millen hill. Bushwhacking up the slope was a little thicker but still relatively easy. Once on the summit dome I was presented with minimal views towards the Presidentials and followed a herd path 500 feet to the summit. Descended in a Northerly direction then changed bearing east following the open 3100 foot contour and Jefferson Notch rd.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:650 ft / 198 m
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:650 ft / 198 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Start Trailhead:Caps Ridge trailhead  3077 ft / 937 m
    Time:2 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: dartmouth / millen

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Dartmouth2013-08-31650 ft / 198 m
2Millen Hill2013-08-31375 ft / 114 m
Total Trip Gain: 1025 ft / 312 m

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