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Ascent of Crotched Mountain on 2013-11-15

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Others in Party:Evan
Date:Friday, November 15, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crotched Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2060 ft / 627 m

Ascent Trip Report

I went hiking with a college buddy of mine, and we decided to hike Crotched Mountain via a route new to both of us.

We parked at the trailhead for the handicap trails, and I noticed that the map mailbox was gone. I shrugged it off and, due to limited daylight, we headed up the gravel road to the knoll viewing platform, where the views were excellent. It made me happy that those with walking disabilities can enjoy the woods as well, thanks to the accessible trails. We took a video clip and then headed down the logging road a short distance to Shannon's Trail, marked by ribbons and a distant yellow blaze (which I could never find before; D'oh!) It passed through a large clear cut and then reentered the woods at the junction with Lower Link; to make it interesting, we made a loop hike out of this and headed down the Lower Link, which descended 400 feet down a slick, leafy corridor to the Summit West Trail at a stone wall. We headed up that trail.

The Summit West Trail was steep in many spots, but the woods were very scenic, and there were restricted views into a gully to the left of the trail. About halfway to the top, there was a rock overhang with a rock formation that looked much like the Old Man of the Mountain. We stopped here to chat and take a water break, then we made our way to the ridgecrest, turning left onto the Upper Link; this trail went up and down to the near-summit ledge, which had a picnic table and excellent views. We tagged the summit and then ate lunch at the table.

We took Shannon's Trail the entire way back to the knoll; it was easy walking, and we quickly reached the junction with the Lower Link, and then we headed back the way we came to my truck.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1250 ft / 380 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1200 ft / 365 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1200 ft / 365 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:gravel road, Shannon's Trail, Lower Link, Summit T
    Start Trailhead:Crotched Mountain Rd  860 ft / 262 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1200 ft / 365 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1150 ft / 350 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Shannon's Trail, gravel road
    End Trailhead:Crotched Mountain Rd  910 ft / 277 m



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