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Ascent of Neville Peak on 2014-10-08

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Neville Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1191 ft / 363 m

Ascent Trip Report

Decided to spend a couple hours exploring the Epsom Town Forest after my class today.

I drove down the Class VI part of Tarleton Rd. and parked in a grassy clearing to the left. From there I walked on the gated part of the road and turned right onto the Mill/Sluice Trail. This trail was well-blazed in orange and had easy grades all the way to Mill Pond. The leaves on the ground made the footway somewhat obscure, but following the blazes made route finding easy. After crossing two bridges and making a series of turns, I came to a small cascade on Blake Brook; it would probably be more spectacular after a good rain. From there I walked on the trail and crossed a woods road to another unblazed footpath, eventually coming to a view over the pond near a clearing. The pond is remote, with a mountain view framing it. Felt like I was much higher up. Took a swig of water and then went back to the woods road I crossed, following it to the junction with the Tarleton Rd. trail.

Once I got to that junction, I decided to go visit Neville Peak, a 1,191 ft. subpeak of the Rockingham County HP, Nottingham Mountain. I had plenty of time (it was only 3 PM), so up the road I went.

The road from this junction gets progressively rougher; after the view of Fort Mountain to the right of the trail, it gets so rough that most stock passenger vehicles, trucks and SUVs included, probably couldn't get up it. Strangely, after the steep and rough section, the road mellowed out and made a very gentle climb to Neville Peak's summit, which was open with good views north to the Belknaps and the Whites.

I then noticed a series of cairns leading down the east side of the mountain, along with an evident footway. Remembering reading about the new trail up Neville Peak, I decided to go down it and see where it would take me. Needless to say, I was not disappointed! The upper part of this trail went through some nice shady woods and craggy ledges. This trail was kind of hard to follow in spots, since the footway isn't all that obvious (mostly in the upper half) and it is blazed with thin ribbons. I just took my time and played a game of follow-the-blaze, and soon I was on my way down the Tarleton Rd. trail, coming out near the big cellar hole. From here it was an easy walk back to the TH.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:500 ft / 152 m
    Total Elevation Loss:500 ft / 152 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:450 ft / 137 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Tarleton Rd, Mill/Sluice Trail, Mill Pond Trail, T
    Start Trailhead:Tarleton Rd. parking area  741 ft / 225 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:500 ft / 152 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 450 ft / 138 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Neville Peak Trail, Tarleton Rd.
    End Trailhead:Tarleton Rd. parking area  741 ft / 225 m



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