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Ascent of Mount Israel on 2014-05-04

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 4, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Israel
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2620 ft / 798 m

Ascent Trip Report

Finally hiked this neat little peak!

I started on the Wentworth Trail around 11:10 AM. It was in good shape- no blowdowns or debris. I walked in short-sleeves in the beginning, but not 1/2 mile in, dark clouds rolled in and it began to rain, so I quickly put my jacket on and kept it on for the rest of the hike. The trail quickly turned into a muddy, wet mess, so I dodged the worst of it the best I could. Near the top, there was a decent viewpoint and small patches of snow and ice, but the latter did not warrant traction. After the last ledge viewpoint before the true summit, there were a few old sections of monorail. After passing the Mead Trail, I made the climb to the top and summited around 12:15 PM. Luckily, the clouds lifted and I got some decent views, but it was windy and I was soaked, so I took a quick breather and then headed down the Mead Trail.

This trail looks like it could use some maintenance- blowdowns, debris, and poor drainage are evident on it. On the upper reaches, there was some snow and ice patches, but down low, it was very muddy, especially before the power lines; I ended up getting my feet wet. Eventually I came to the Guinea Pond Trail and started down that.

The trail followed an old railroad bed for the most part, but it turned left onto a relocation, then back onto the main path. Ahead, the trail was flooded, so I 'whacked through some nasty, muddy, thick, and boggy woods to bypass the flooding. After that, it was smooth sailing to the Sandwich Notch Rd.

The road walk was the easiest part of the loop despite the extra 150 feet of elevation gain. I went through the flat Sandwich Notch and then made the long descent past the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail to the Bearcamp River Trail; I turned left onto it there.

This last 0.6 mile section was nice, especially because of spectacular Beede Falls, but it was kind of ruined by loud, frequent gunshots coming from down the road- they were so bad that the police were called in to investigate. All that aside, I returned to Mead Base around 2:30 PM, soaked but victorious.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1850 ft / 563 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1850 ft / 563 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1700 ft / 518 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:Wentworth Trail
    Start Trailhead:Mead Base  920 ft / 280 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1850 ft / 563 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1700 ft / 518 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:Mead Trail, Guinea Pond Trail/whack, Sandwich Notc
    End Trailhead:Mead Base  920 ft / 280 m
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes



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