Ascent of Bald Knob on 2014-10-02

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, October 2, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bald Knob
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1801 ft / 548 m

Ascent Trip Report

A trail climb over 3 peaks ...... 6.5 miles, 3:30 hours RT including all stops.

We are down to NH for a 5 day trip to take in the fall colors and hopefully get all of the remaining peaks in my PB's "The Ossipee 10 List" .... I have 6 outstanding, 2 of which will be done today (Turtleback and Bald Knob).

From the junction of #25/109 on the east side of Moultonborough, we went south on #109 for 2.2 miles, stayed straight (left) at the fork onto Rte #171 and continued 2.3 miles to the large TH parking on the right (100 yards past Severance Road). A trail information Kiosk is at the entrance, the start of the Shannon Brook Trail is across the road. Canaan Road which leads north to the TH's for Tate and Flagg Mountains is 4.5 miles further east on #171 (tomorrow's climb).

All of the trail junctions are nicely posted and very easy to follow.
I walked the Shannon Brook Trail (an old woods road) northbound .5 miles to the Bald Knob Cutoff Trail on the right. The yellow/blue blazed trail climbs generally east .5 miles to a height-of-land, the only views are at the nice lookout to the right of the trail before arriving at this height-of-land.

COLUMNAR JOINTING HILL .... about 100+ yards bushwack from trail (15 minutes RT).... 1.1 mile, 40 minutes from TH.
The HP is right of the height of land over a small bump (I dropped to a small depression) at about 100+ yards. An obvious short rock ridge with limited views through the trees this time of year. Open deciduous woods, easy going.

TURTLEBACK MOUNTAIN .... Bald Knob Cutoff to Turtleback Trails .... 1.9 miles, 50 minutes from Columnar Jointing Hill.
I continued on the Bald Knob Cutoff as it descends and turns right and climbs to a T-Junction with the
Bald Knob Trail (a woods road), 1 mile from the Shannon Trail). It is .3 miles right to the Bald Knob summit, I turned left on the white blazed Bald knob Trail and went .4 miles to the Turtleback Trail Junction where I went right on the yellow blazed trail, another old woods road that climbs on switchbacks .8 miles to the Turtleback Summit Trail on the right. I turned right on the orange blazed trail and continued .3 miles to the summit .... a beautiful rock outcrop with great 180 degree panorama to the north, like a colorful painting.
All of the trails in this report are on old woods road (except for the Bald Knob Cutoff, moderate steep) very moderate and fairly smooth, ideal for trail runners like our fellow Peakbagger Dave Dunham. Overall for the 3 peaks this is a moderate hike.

BALD KNOB ..... woods roads from Turtleback Mountain, 1.8 miles, 32 minutes
I backtracked to the Bald Knob Cutoff Junction and continued the .3 miles to the summit, which is on the slopes of Turtleback and is a nice open rock lookout. Outstanding 180 degree views, best of today's hike.
I followed a herd path north up the ridge for about 250 yards, going over 4 rocky bumps, looking for a better lookout, nothing to be found.
I descended/backtracked the 1.7 miles to the TH.

We drove to West Ossipee, got a campsite at the White Lake State Park (will be home for 4 nights) and went out for dinner at a local mom and pop restaurant.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:126 ft / 38 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1058 ft / 322 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:126 ft / 38 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:woods road from turtleback
    Start Trailhead:summit of turtleback mountain  1675 ft / 510 m
    Time:32 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1058 ft / 322 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:bald cutoff/shannon brook trail
    End Trailhead:Hwy #171, Shannon Brook TH  743 ft / 226 m
    Time:37 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: baldk

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Columnar Jointing Hill2014-10-02 a857 ft / 261 m
2Turtleback Mountain2014-10-02 b703 ft / 214 m
3Bald Knob2014-10-02 c126 ft / 38 m
Total Trip Gain: 1686 ft / 513 m    Total Trip Loss: 1058 ft / 322 m

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