Ascent of Great Hill Bow on 2014-02-16

Climber: Steve Blanchette

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, February 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Great Hill Bow
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:870 ft / 265 m

Ascent Trip Report

With a sunny day after getting about 3 new inches of snow decided to head to Great Bow Hill but also to try out some of the other side trails through Nottingcook Town Forest. Parked off of South Bow Rd. and head up Hamilton Trail and then detoured down the Nancy Trail with the goal of making it to Steer Brook Gorge and the Woodbury Outlook. Made it to an unnamed viewpoint (I am calling Nottingwood Viewpoint #1) and down to the Steer Brook Gorge. At this point the person who had broken in the 12" of snow we got on Thursday had gone a different way. Without snowshoes I couldn't push onto Woodbury Outlook and turned around to head to Great Bow Hill summit.
The forest was beautiful with snow still on the tree limbs. I was alone the entire time and it was very peaceful and wonderful hike. Made it back to trail intersection for the Great Hill Loop and went around to bag summit (yet again :D) and enjoy the view over Bow, Hooksett, and the Mill. I really love this little hike so close to home!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:220 ft / 67 m
    Total Elevation Loss:170 ft / 51 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:220 ft / 67 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Nancy Trail / Great Hill Loop
    Start Trailhead:Steer Brook Gorge  650 ft / 198 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:170 ft / 51 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Hamilton Trail / Great Hill Loop
    End Trailhead:South Bow Rd  700 ft / 213 m
Ascent Part of Trip: BowHill View

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Nottingcook Viewpoint #12014-02-16 a120 ft / 37 m
2Great Hill Bow2014-02-16 b220 ft / 67 m
Total Trip Gain: 340 ft / 104 m    Total Trip Loss: 370 ft / 113 m

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