Ascent of Catamount Hill on 2014-04-17

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, April 17, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Catamount Hill
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:721 ft / 219 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was in the area and I suddenly remembered Catamount Hill and the abandoned Catamount West Trail, so I parked off Deerfield Rd. at the Bear Brook SP toll booth and headed up the One Mile Rd. to the Catamount Trail.

One Mile Rd. was a logged-out mess; the trail proper was fine, but the land around it was barren and treeless. Ugly, but I guess they gotta get rid of that red pine scale.

Once I reached the 4-way junction shortly after turning onto the Catamount Hill Trail, I turned right onto the abandoned trail. It was obvious, although, as one would expect, lacking maintenance. No route-finding problems until I hit an old patch of logged-out land, where the trail seemed to go everywhere. I tried to find it, but eventually ended up taking old woods roads and herd paths to the top.

As I walked down the Catamount Hill Trail, I noticed that a few benches were placed near the two viewpoints. Good for non or not-so-serious hikers, but I think they take away from the wild feel of the trail. However, since they're there, I'll probably go against my stance and sit and take in the view.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:400 ft / 121 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 350 ft / 106 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:One Mile Rd, abandoned Catamount West Trail, old w
    Start Trailhead:Deerfield Rd.  371 ft / 113 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:spur path, Catamount Hill Trail, One Mile Rd.
    End Trailhead:Deerfield Rd.  371 ft / 113 m

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