Ascent of Nottingham Mountain on 2010-12-18

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Saturday, December 18, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Nottingham Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1340 ft / 408 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked in a parking area off the 4WD road a short distance past the gate at the end of Tarleton Road. There is a mailbox marked "maps" at this location, but it only contained pamphlets regarding forest fire hazards.

Before taking on Nottingham, I warmed up by running up the unnamed peak labeled on the topo map by its 1191' elevation. I started by running south on the 4WD road, turning left both times the road forked. Some sections of road were covered by large sheets of ice, requiring me to go around into the woods a little bit. Reached the 1191' summit in a little under 20 minutes of running, and I stopped for about five minutes to take in the view. This was a nice little peak in its own right, well worth the side trip.

I ran down the same way and on toward the main peak of Nottingham Mountain. On the way down from 1191, the road makes a right turn in the saddle between the two summits. Instead of continuing to the right, I went left across a brush pile and some bent-over trees that appeared to be trying to conceal this route. I went almost due south through open woods, following a small brook through a gentle uphill sloping area. Then the slope became much steeper, and I began following a route marked by orange ribbons tied to branches, spaced about 50 m apart. However, don't rely on this. Bring a compass and/or GPS, especially for navigating the downhill return.

I reached the top and bushwhacked across the summit ridge, reaching the southern-most 1340' contour after about five minutes. I saw the old stone and mortar chimney (perhaps the remnant of an old shack?) and the somewhat newer outhouse, which has a cinder block foundation, but nevertheless has clearly been there for quite a few years. Nice views from this summit.

I descended the mountain to the west, following a 4WD road. I was trying to see if it connected to one of the right forks I encountered on my approach to Peak 1191. While on this road down the mountain, I turned right and ran along an ATV road that branched off to the north near a frozen-over swamp, and this road forked a couple of times. However, each fork led to trails that became increasingly narrow and indistinct, and thus didn't show much promise in meeting up with the 4WD road to the north, so I abandoned this effort after about 20 minutes. Maybe someday I'll return and explore this area more. I continued descending Nottingham on the main 4WD road, eventually passing a vehicle gate, and coming out, I believe, on Swamp Road.

I continued on to Fort Mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:625 ft / 191 m
    Trailhead:715 ft / 217 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cold, Clear
Cold (15F) at start; mid 30s by the end

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