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Ascent of Fall Mountain-Mount Kilburn on 2011-08-14

Climber: Kurt Phaneuf

Others in Party:Darren Phaneuf (brother)
Madelaine Phaneuf (niece)
Charles Phaneuf (nephew)
Date:Sunday, August 14, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fall Mountain-Mount Kilburn
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1102 ft / 335 m

Ascent Trip Report

On a slightly overcast Sunday morning, some family members and I walked the modest trail to the overlook on Fall (Kilburn) Mountain, another hike in my Thoreau homage (HDT visited Fall in September September 1856). The trailhead is found at the terminus of Mountain View Road, just across the river from Bellows Falls, VT in Walpole, NH. There's no sign or trail register though you will see a large metal gate marking the beginning of the trail. Though the trail only features about 450-500 feet of elevation gain, a couple of pitches are at/above 30% grade and can help you break out in a decent sweat. The trail is really a carriage path with some signs of rutting and vehicle wear; also, a couple of intersections are NOT marked and this may confuse some hikers. Make sure to take the RIGHT turn at the pond and you should find the rest of the trail quite simple. The summit (reached in 35-45 minutes, depending on your fitness) is itself tree-covered though the views of the surrounding countryside from Table Rock Overlook more than compensates for your effort (make sure to take the right turn at the intersection about 40 minutes into your hike). Views of both Bellows Falls and Walpole are quite pretty and even the overcast skies allowed for views of other nearby summits.

This would be a GREAT hike with kids and/or a fine warm-up hike for something more challenging later in the day.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Though temps were cool, the humidity was a bit thick.



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