Ascent of Smarts Mountain on 2015-08-09

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, August 9, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Smarts Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3238 ft / 986 m

Ascent Trip Report

Finally got Smarts Mountain under my belt after putting it off for so long, but I should have taken the Lambert Ridge Trail, as it's more scenic and in much better shape (it's a part of the AT). Don't need to hike it to know that. I don't know what Dan Doan would think of this trail if he was alive to see what it looks like now, but IMHO it doesn't live up to his legacy. Eroded, rough, and overgrown are the three words that describe it best. Fortunately, the summit was nice, and I chatted with some kind thru-hikers (including one from Germany), so that made the hike a lot better. The very upper part of DDT wasn't too bad either, come to think of it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1900 ft / 579 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:Daniel Doan Trail
    Trailhead:Mousley Brook Rd  1338 ft / 407 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast

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