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Ascent of Mount Cube on 2014-11-16

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, November 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Cube
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2909 ft / 886 m

Ascent Trip Report

For my hike up Cube, I took the Cross Rivendell Trail (aka the Mt. Cube Section) from Baker Rd. off NH 25A to the summit. It used to be steep and rough, but it was heavily relocated, so now the grades are easy to moderate, with a couple good viewpoints on the way. I also made a 0.4 mile (each way) side trip to the north peak, which like the south peak, had great views.

The Mt. Cube Section started out in very open woods, zigzagging uphill. Once the woods changed, the trail still switched back, but the snow was deeper, there was some ice, and the grade picked up a bit. The two good viewpoints were a cleared view to the west, and an open ledge. After passing the ledge, I descended briefly and then made an ascent to the base of some rock ledges, climbing up them to the 2,909 ft. summit.

The south summit is the highest summit, and there were excellent views from it. Mounts Tenney, Cardigan, and Smarts were all visible. (Moosilauke could not be seen here, but it could be from the north peak.) I chatted with a fellow hiker who came up the long way from 25A, and then we parted ways (temporarily).

Not satisfied yet, I decided to make a side trip to the north peak, so I got on the AT and followed it a short distance to the north peak spur path. It was hard to follow at times, but when I got to the summit area, the view was just as good, and included the Moose! After I recorded a video, the hiker I chatted with came up, and then we walked to the AT together, chatting about our adventures on the way. We went our separate ways at the AT junction, where I headed back to the main summit for a snack and water, and then I headed back to the TH.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1600 ft / 487 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Mt. Cube Section, AT, spur path
    Trailhead:Baker Rd.  1409 ft / 429 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:50 Minutes



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