Ascent of Crotched Mountain on 2014-05-10

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, May 10, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crotched Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2060 ft / 627 m

Ascent Trip Report

I decided to hike Crotched Mountain via the Crotched Mtn. Town Forest trails, mainly because of the shorter driving distance. I was not disappointed; these trails were great!

I started up the Link Trail, which went through open woods to the Summit Trail at 0.7 mi, crossing Bullard Rd. in the process. Shortly after I hit the Summit Trail, it forked. The east loop went right, while the west loop went left. I decided to turn left onto the Summit West Trail since I had hiked the part of it that ascends the main part of the mountain before.

Grades were easy until I got to a junction with the Lower Link (that trail leads to Shannon's Trail and was part of a loop hike I did in November 2013); after that the trail had moderate to steep grades. The top part climbed over some rocks and cliffs, which made the ascent a little more fun. Once at the junction with the Summit East Trail and the Upper Link, the woods were more shady and nice. Unfortunately, the black flies were around, and whenever I stopped and the wind died down, they were biting.

The summit was unattractive as always, but the ledge viewpoint below it was excellent as always. Here, I stopped and chatted with another hiker who came up from the rehab center for an hour or so; she was the first other hiker I had ever saw on the mountain. We then went our separate ways.

Wanting to add a little more mileage to the trip, I opted to head back to the junction I mentioned earlier and descend the Summit East Trail. It went over some low bumps on the main ridge and then descended, steeply at times, past a talus field and to the base of Crotched Mountain. I passed Scot's Trail near Bullard Rd. and then veered left toward and onto the Link Trail, eventually returning to my truck about 3.25 hours after I started.

This was a great hike (besides my leg hurting the entire way down), and it made an awesome White Mountain training hike. I'm sure I'll be back again soon.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1500 ft / 456 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1500 ft / 456 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1400 ft / 426 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1145 ft / 349 m; Extra: 255 ft / 77m
    Loss on way in:255 ft / 77 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:Link Trail, Summit West Trail, Upper Link, spur pa
    Start Trailhead:Crotched Mtn. Town Forest parking area  915 ft / 278 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1245 ft / 379 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1145 ft / 349 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Upper Link, Summit East Trail, Link Trail
    End Trailhead:Crotched Mtn. Town Forest parking area  915 ft / 278 m

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