Ascent of Crotched Mountain on 2013-09-02

Climber: Hockey Puck

Date:Monday, September 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crotched Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2060 ft / 627 m

Ascent Trip Report

Several trails disperse from the parking area at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation clinic. I would recommend following the Gregg Nature trail to the start of Shannon's trail leading to the summit. If you want a more direct route follow the gated access road 0.2 miles to a wooden "summit" sign pointing right. Shannon's trail dips a bit with the Gregg nature trail paralleling both sides of the grassy trail. Cross the nature trail and ascend to a large open field. Shannon's Trail is challenging to follow through the field and I had to look for the discolored and padded down grass to determine it's direction. The trail continues along the eastern edge of the field and enters the woods soon reaching a junction with "the link". Continue north on Shannon's trail as it descends to a stream crossing then moderately ascends to a merge with the Bennington trail. Shannon's trail ascends steeply over granite ledges providing several outlooks along the way. You'll eventually reach a picnic area which is the nicest spot on the entire hike and the summit a few hundred feet away. The summit is marked with 2 benchmark disks, one is a golden color the other is illegible. 4 concrete footings are the only remains from a former fire tower and there is a fenced in communications facility with cell tower. There are 2 bumps that could be the highest point, one contains the golden benchmark the other high point contains the illegible benchmark and the fire tower footings are at the slightly lower 3rd bump.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:760 ft / 231 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:760 ft / 231 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Shannon's trail
    Start Trailhead:Crotched Mountain Rehab clinic  1300 ft / 396 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics

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