Ascent of Mount Roberts on 2011-10-24

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, October 24, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Roberts
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2582 ft / 786 m

Ascent Trip Report

A clockwise loop-trail hike over 2 Peaks with a visit to a 3rd ..... 9 miles, 4 hours RT.

This climb completes my "NH 52 WITH A VIEW" list for the SECOND TIME. I first completed this list last year on Mount Tremont (see its TR), however it appears that this list is an evolving one ..... 2 peaks have since been removed and replaced by Black Mountain-Middle Peak and Mount Roberts.
I dislike these evolving Lists !!!!grrr, however, in this case I was glad that this has happened because if it wasn't for this change I probably would have not come back to this beautiful area ... luckily I chose a fall day. Today's trip turned out to be my most enjoyable/spectacular day so far this fall. I loved the open views, the colors and the rustling of the leaves under your feet. A perfect day.

Mount Roberts is in the outstanding "Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area". Ahead of you at the TH is this 5380 acre property, part of the Ossippee Mountains ring dike, a unique geological formation 9 miles in diameter. The Lakes Region Conservation Trust acquired this property in 2002 (thanks to over 200 donors) for the public's enjoyment and the preservation of its natural beauty for future generations. MOUNT ROBERTS is to the left, FARAWAY is straight ahead to the north and to the right is LEE MOUNTAIN capped with the "Castle in the Clouds".

From the TH (driving directions are provided below) I walked down the Castle Entrance Road .1 miles to the start of the Mount Roberts/Cold Springs Trails at the left side of the small lake. I ascended to the left on the signed "Mount Roberts Trail, 2.5 miles", the orange blazed Trail climbs moderately, the last section on open rocky ridge offering great views (probably more rewarding to the descend this Trail) ...... the summit sign on a rocky outcrop "MOUNT ROBERTS, ELEVATION 2582" is not on the actual HP, its located about 25 yards south inside the very open woods. I took a long 30 minute snack break, enjoying the setting.

I continued eastbound on the blue-blazed/easy High Ridge Trail (an old Carriage Road), sign at start reads "Laraway Lookout 1.1 miles, Laraway Mountain Trail 2.0 miles". After passing to the right of a wet boggy area the trails climbs to a height-of-land (less than 1 mile from Roberts) ...... look for a lesser track on the left, a large dead tree is to the right, if you arrive at the Faraway Lookout (to the right at a large rock and a log bench) you've missed the track by 300+ yards.
This lesser track (chained off at 50 feet) leads directly to FARAWAY MOUNTAIN summit at less than half a mile ...... the deforested summit is capped with 2 Communication Towers and 2 Solar Panels. I chose my HP just yards north of this equipment at GPS 43.76174, 71.31174. The PB coordinates puts the spot in the area of the bump east-of-south at 40 yards. I estimate the distance from Roberts to Faraway at 1.4 miles.
NB: The route TH/Roberts/Faraway that I describe here is clearly shown as a GPS track in David Darby's TR dated 2011-07-30. Although I am not sure if he took the lesser track since he shows his trip as trail/bushwack.

I returned back to the blue blazed High Ridge Trail and continued eastbound, past the Faraway Lookout, to the Faraway Mountain Trail on the right at 1.4 miles from Faraway Mountain, this orange blazed Trail descends 1.7 miles to the Cold Spring Trail on the right, the red blazed Cold Spring Trail descends 1.3 miles to the paved Cold Spring Road where a left brings you back to the TH at .6 miles. All of the Trails I took on this trip except for the Roberts Trail are old Carriage Roads, very gradually graded ( a few wet spots on this day).

After getting cleaned up I drove the short distance to the summit of LEE MOUNTAIN and "The Castle in the Clouds". I spent time exploring the grounds around this superb ritzy castle. I even went inside for a quick look-see.

From I93, exit 23 I drove east on #104 to Meredith where I picked up #25 and continued east to Moultonborough and Hwy junction #25 and #109. I turned right on #109 (southeast), at about 2 miles stayed left at the fork on #171, After a short distance made a left onto Ossipee Park Road and drove about a mile to the gated entrance with a hikers parking. This was my TH.

I returned to the same Hancock Campground as last night, off the Kancamangus Hwy east of Lincoln. Tomorrow I will drive home through Vermont and on the way take in a climb to Bears Head in Smugglers Notch.

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Mount Roberts from the TH Parking for numerous trails in the "Castle in the Clouds" Conservation Area (2011-10-24). Photo by Ben Lostracco.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1372 ft / 418 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1372 ft / 418 m
    Extra Loss:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:mount roberts trail nb from ossippee park road TH
    Trailhead:ossippee park road entrance to Castle in the Cloud  1240 ft / 377 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Route:high ridge trail eb to Faraway Mountain
    Trailhead:faraway mountain  
Ascent Part of Trip: roberts

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Roberts2011-10-24 a
2Faraway Mountain2011-10-24 b
3Lee Mountain2011-10-24 c

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