Ascent of Beech Hill on 2015-12-31

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Thursday, December 31, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Beech Hill
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1870 ft / 569 m

Ascent Trip Report

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I started from the northern trailhead on Dublin Road, and planned on following the Town Line Trail, East Face Trail, Old Carriage Road and Ridge Trail to the summit. However, there are many nordic ski trails that criss-cross the hiking trails at numerous points, and it got pretty confusing. I can't describe my actual route exactly, but this is a small hill and it's pretty clear which general direction you need to go. I ended up going off-trail a short distance for my final approach to the summit ridge.

There are three bumps along the summit ridge, and I went to the northern one first. This bump is lower than the other two according to the topo map. There was a rock outcropping and a well-crafted inukshuk up there. Next I did a short bushwhack to the middle summit bump, which is supposed to be the highest. It looks like there would be a good view, but unfortunately I was in the clouds. I went ahead and visited the southern bump, since it was just a quick minute or two down the red-blazed Ridge Trail.

I went back to the middle summit bump, and planned on following the Ridge Trail downhill to the Old Carriage Road. I couldn't find any red blazes going downhill from there, so I just went downhill through open woods and quickly joined the Old Carriage Road (the snowcover may have made it hard to find the downhill trail). The Old Carriage Road is a nice trail hugging the west side of the ridge. I managed to navigate the trails back to the Town Line Trail, which took me back to my starting point.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:374 ft / 113 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:374 ft / 113 m
    Start Trailhead:Dublin Road  1496 ft / 455 m
Descent Statistics

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