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Ascent of Middle Moriah Mountain on 2010-07-24

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Saturday, July 24, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Middle Moriah Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3755 ft / 1144 m

Ascent Trip Report

A short bushwack from the AT, on the south shoulder of the summit.

I started today's hike at the AT TH on hwy #2, located 3 miles east of hwy junction #2 and #16, at east end of Gorham. I climbed the AT southbound to the Middle Moriah/Shelburne Moriah col, made a right as the AT continues/climbs to the south shoulder of Middle Moriah ...... at a height-of-land where the trails levels and continues as a wooden-plank-walkway. I started my bushwack at the very beginning of this wooden-plank-walkway.

I entered the fairly open woods with evidence of foot traffic and followed a due north compass reading, at about 100 feet I picked up blue/yellow?pink flagging and followed them (generally north) all the way to the summit at about 200 yards. I didn't have much of a herd path, the woods get very dense half way in and I had to go over a few bumps. I had to fight/scramble/pull-myself-up a small bump to get to the actual summit ......the bushwack is not difficult and only 400 yards and 45 minutes RT.
I estimate the total distance from the TH on hwy #2 to this summit at 4.8 miles.

From Middle Moriah I descended back to the col and went over/back to Shelburne Moriah on the Kenduskeag Trail before decending back down to the TH on hwy #2.

Today's overall hike was 12.2 miles and just over 8 hours RT.

"NEVER TEST THE DEPTH OF THE WATER WITH BOTH FEET."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2998 ft / 914 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2998 ft / 914 m
    Extra Loss:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:AT sb from hwy #2 east of gorham
    Trailhead:AT TH hwy #2 , 3 mile E of jctn #2/16 in E Gorham  787 ft / 239 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:kenduskeag trail eb to shelburne moriah
Ascent Part of Trip: moriah

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Middle Moriah Mountain2010-07-24 a
2Shelburne Moriah Mountain2010-07-24 b



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