Ascent of The Outlook on 2015-10-03

Climber: Dave Dunham

Others in Party:Kevin Tilton
Date:Saturday, October 3, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Outlook
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3025 ft / 922 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt Success - Kevin and I met up at the Dunkin’s in Berlin which was hopping with a mix of locals and hikers in town for the Columbus Day weekend. We carpooled and drove the sometimes rough dirt road (Success Pond Road) to the clearly marked trailhead for Success Mountain. It was 43 degrees, crisp and clear as we started out. We both carried some extra warm gear but went lightly clothed for the run up. I went with shorts and a long-sleeve since it seemed like such a bright sunny day. There was a sign at the TH that showed the trail off to the right so off we went. This would be my final town bagging run, after this I’d be able to claim to have run in every town in New Hampshire. The climb was gentle at first and a little tougher as we moved up the peak. We climbed from 1,630’ to the overlook loop at 1.5 miles and 2,990’. There were some great views from the Outlook especially the Presidential Peaks which were dusted with snow. We spent a little time checking out the view before heading back to the Success trail.

The next 1.5 miles brought us up some icy and wet slabs and a couple of very wet and muddy swamp crossing before reaching the summit at 3,565’. The 3 mile climb of 1,925’ took us 62 minutes (including stops). We headed off the summit for a 150’ drop down to the plane crash site. It was pretty easy to find with the herd paths off of the final summit slabs. We spent a little time checking out the huge sections of plane that remain then headed back up to the top of Mt Success. The run down was pretty slow as I was being very cautious. We added in the “loop” section of the Outlook Loop and it was definitely worth it. Again there were some spectacular views of Mt Washington and the near peak foliage. We were back at the car 2:34 after we started with a 7 mile run behind us and for me all of New Hampshire done.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Outook Loop
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
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