Ascent of White Ledges on 2013-12-28

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Others in Party:Evan
Date:Saturday, December 28, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:White Ledges
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2717 ft / 828 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were originally going to hike to Sunapee, but approaching dark clouds thwarted our plans. Better safe than caught in a snowstorm!

The Andrew Brook Trail was well broken out, but there wasn't much snow anywhere on the mountain. We dodged a brook crossing by taking a herd path around the right side of the brook, but it seemed to lead nowhere, so we headed in the direction of the trail, crossing several small streams in the process. We eventually came to the old road that was the trail, then veered onto the standard path portion of it. The grade increased, and we made frequent rest stops. This hike was one of our training hikes for a Mt. Washington hike, but with our questionable fitness and a possible winter storm, I may look into southern New England.

The upper part of the Andrew Brook Trail and the lower part of the Lake Solitude Trail had even less snow, not to mention a few tricky ice flows. At Lake Solitude, we gazed to our eventual final goal, and soon reached it. The view was slightly cloudy, but good. We saw dark clouds approaching and, thinking they could be snow clouds, decided to call it a hike here.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1400 ft / 426 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1400 ft / 426 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1400 ft / 426 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:Andrew Brook Trail, Lake Solitude Trail
    Start Trailhead:Mountain Rd.  1317 ft / 401 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1400 ft / 426 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Andrew Brook Trail, Lake Solitude Trail
    End Trailhead:Mountain Rd.  1317 ft / 401 m

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