Ascent of Goodhue Hill on 2014-02-22
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, February 22, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||1621 ft / 494 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter 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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