Ascent of Osgood Hill on 2014-06-19

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, June 19, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Osgood Hill
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2244 ft / 683 m

Ascent Trip Report

I finally found the summit of Osgood Hill! It wasn't easy though, as finding the trail was very difficult in spots.

I parked at the end of Brickyard Rd. (sign: Black Top) and walked up the private road a short distance to another Black Top sign (hidden behind tree branches), then veered right onto an old woods road marked with white blazes and Harris Center trail markers.

From here, I walked up the woods road to its high point. It started out rather nice, but about halfway in, I encountered a blowdown, and from there the trail became somewhat weedy and overgrown. At the high point, I turned left into the woods and bushwhacked a little bit, eventually coming to a sign reading "BT" and a series of white blazes. I followed them from there.

There was some kind of corridor from where I ended my 'whack, but about 100 or so vertical feet from the top, the trail was so overgrown with foot-high weeds and ferns that finding the trail was almost impossible; it was a pseudo-bushwhack. Eventually I gave up on the blaze-finding and went uphill to the top.

The summit was overgrown as well. It had a big sign reading "Black Top- Elev. 2233'" and a survey marker, but they were surrounded by the growth I encountered on my way up. I noticed a picnic table a few feet away, but it too was being consumed by the overgrowth. I took a summit snapshot then headed back down.

Rather than 'whack back to the woods road's high point, I followed the Black Top Trail for a while. It was in rough shape here, too, and I eventually veered back onto the road, which it paralleled for about a 1/3 of a mile or so.

This mountain would be an excellent hike if it weren't for the poor maintenance (or lack thereof) of the Black Top Trail. Kind of a waste considering the fact that it's one of the highest mountains in southern NH. Oh well, at least it's in the bag.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:650 ft / 198 m
    Total Elevation Loss:650 ft / 197 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:650 ft / 198 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 600 ft / 182 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Black Top Trail
    Start Trailhead:Brickyard Rd/Greengate Rd.  1644 ft / 501 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Black Top Trail
    End Trailhead:Brickyard Rd/Greengate Rd.  1644 ft / 501 m

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