Ascent of North Twin on 2014-07-14
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Monday, July 14, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||4761 ft / 1451 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWhat an awesome day to bag #40 and 41!
I approached the Twins from the parking area on Haystack Rd, setting out on the 4.3 mile North Twin Trail at 7:55 AM. It and the herd path had easy grades all the way to the third crossing of Little River. The trail started out on an old road corridor of sorts, making a few minor stream crossings en route. At 0.8 mile, I came to the first Little River crossing and immediately veered left onto the herd path that bypassed this and the second crossing.
The herd path was very well-beaten, albeit rough in a few spots. At 1.3 mi, I rejoined the North Twin Trail and followed it up and down a steep bank to the third crossing (no herd path). Remembering that this crossing is difficult at high water, which it seemed to be today, I took off my socks and boots and waded across to the trail on the other side. Cold, but refreshing.
From here, the trail's grade picked up and I made a few more minor stream crossings. At this point, it was so humid that I was drenched in sweat, and I also doubted my ability to make it to South Twin. (This was all moot, as I ended up going over to it after all.) After the last one I remember, the grade became more moderate, then the trail swung left and became much steeper and rougher. It wasn't a long stretch, though, and at 4.2 mi, I came to an excellent outlook ledge, and at 4.3 mi, I arrived at North Twin's partially wooded summit. I investigated the outlook to the right, deduced that I had attained the tippity-top, then took a breather and headed over to South Twin.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2950 ft / 899 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||2950 ft / 899 m|
| Distance:||4.3 mi / 6.9 km|
| Route:||North Twin Trail/herd path|
| Start Trailhead:||Haystack Rd. 1811 ft / 551 m|
| Time:||2 Hours |
|Ascent Part of Trip: The Twins|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 3400 ft / 1036 m Total Trip Loss: 300 ft / 91 m
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