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Ascent of Goodhue Hill on 2014-02-22

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Goodhue Hill
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1621 ft / 494 m

Ascent Trip Report

After looking at my options for trailed southern NH peaks that I hadn't hiked yet, I chose Goodhue Hill, a small hill located in the DePierrefeu-Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary.

Since there was no parking at the beginning of the Mill Pond Trail, I parked at the parking lot (not plowed very well) further down the road and walked 70 yd. to the trail. Once I clambered over a rather high snowbank, the trail was completely unbroken. I thought to myself, "Oh boy, I'm gonna earn this one."

The Goodhue Hill was completely unbroken until the last logging road/clearcut before the summit, and after that it was partially unbroken, with faint traces of snowshoe tracks providing some semi-solid snow to walk on.

The trail was moderate most of the way, but it eased before the large near-summit clearcut; it had excellent views but didn't look good on the mountain. Oh well, this place is primarily for animals.

I saw a blaze heading into the woods, so I followed it, and after some trail-finding, I came out onto a rocky outcrop with a view toward Skatutakee Mountain and Mount Monadnock behind it. I took some pics for proof and then headed back down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:450 ft / 137 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Mill Pond Trail, Goodhue Hill Trail
    Trailhead:Willard Pond Rd  1171 ft / 356 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy



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