Ascent of Percy Peaks-South Peak on 2015-07-25

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 25, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Percy Peaks-South Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3234 ft / 985 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Nash Stream Rd, the Percy Peaks Trail had easy grades and good footing, and passed close to Slide Brook. At a large erratic boulder with a tree growing on top of it, the trail made an S-turn and got progressively steeper. I came up to an old slide (which an old trail called the West Side trail ascended), which is where the Percy Peaks Trail paralleled the slide and got steeper and rougher, with a not-so-stable footway at times. At the top of the slide, the trail veered right and gradually mellowed. Eventually, I came to the junction with the Old Summer Club Trail, a section of the Cohos Trail, at 1.7 mi. Since North Percy had the better views, I did South Percy first. After turning south on the Cohos Trail for 0.1 mi, I came to the start of the path up South Percy, marked by a sign.

The path up South Percy, despite the signage, was steep, rough, overgrown, laden with cobwebs, and narrow, with a few blowdowns impeding my progress, including a duck-under at the top of the steepest section. Makes me wonder if this path is even maintained! 0.3 miles, 15 minutes, and 100 swear words later, I reached the open summit of 3,234 ft. South Percy, which had a jar register. Views were good but not great due to fog and low clouds. The main point of interest was North Percy, which I almost skipped, as I figured I would have had enough after going down that path again. After signing the register and making my way back to the Cohos Trail (much easier than going up), I decided to suck it up and tag North Percy.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2000 ft / 609 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2000 ft / 609 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:Percy Peaks Trail, Cohos Trail, South Percy Trail
    Start Trailhead:Nash Stream Rd  1234 ft / 376 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Percy Peaks

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Percy Peaks-South Peak2015-07-252000 ft / 610 m
2Percy Peaks-North Peak2015-07-25550 ft / 168 m
Total Trip Gain: 2550 ft / 778 m    Total Trip Loss: 350 ft / 107 m

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