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Ascent of Nottingham Mountain on 2011-06-29

Climber: Mike Dow

Date:Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Nottingham Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1340 ft / 408 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked at the junction between Mountain Rd and Tarleton Rd. and walked into the Epsom Town Forest from there. It is about 200 yds from the junction to the boundary for the town forest. There was a mailbox sitting on the ground at the parking lot with maps of the area.

Following Tarleton Rd, I took left forks whenever they were available. The first of these is just past the remains of a house (Tarleton Homesite). The road is a steady uphill climb from the low point just past the forest boundary.

I went to the top of Neville Peak (north peak of Nottingham Mt or 1151' hill)to see the view. I could see north to the Presidential Range and east toward the seacoast.

I made way back down the road and struck out for the peak of Nottingham Mt. when I saw a blue blaze on a tree (lefthand side while headed downhill). By following my compass on a heading of magnetic south I was able to cross the col and head uphill toward the peak.

The first patch of granite gives the best views, but these are obscured by trees, and are definitely better from Neville Peak. I continued uphill to the second patch of granite which appears to be the highest, but wasn't according to the GPS. To the right hand side of this is an ATV path that leads around and meets another "road." Take a left on the road and follow it about 200'. The high point should be visible from the road.

I followed the same route back to my parked car. Round trip about 2 hrs.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:570 ft / 174 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Tarleton Rd
    Trailhead:Junction of Tarleton & Mountain Rds  770 ft / 234 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 



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