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Ascent of Velvet Rocks on 2014-02-11

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Velvet Rocks
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1080 ft / 329 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked at the gas station off NH 120 in Hanover and followed the white blazes to the beginning of a forested area, where I picked up the Velvet Rocks Trail, marked by a sign.

The trail was mostly easy, with a few short steep parts. The woods were nice and shady, although snow kept blowing off the trees, which was a pain when it landed on me. Anyway, at 0.7 mile, I turned left onto the shelter spur path, which went 0.2 mile to the Velvet Rocks Shelter; it was covered in graffiti and knife carvings. Not satisfied yet, I headed further up the trail until it began to descend; at that point was a high point with a view down the ridgeline. I got photo proof, went back to the shelter for a water break, then headed down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:600 ft / 182 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:AT, shelter spur path
    Trailhead:NH 120  480 ft / 146 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Snowshoes



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