Ascent of Mount Cube on 2014-11-16
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, November 16, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||2909 ft / 886 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFor 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|
| Time:||1 Hours 15 Minutes|
| Time:||50 Minutes|
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