Ascent of Mount Passaconaway on 2012-06-24

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Sunday, June 24, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Passaconaway
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4043 ft / 1232 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the north, I climbed Passaconaway using the Oliverian Brook Trail, the Passaconaway Cutoff, the Square Ledge Trail and the Walden Trail. I descended along the Dicey's Mill Trail and took the Rollins Trail south over the Whiteface summit, turning around once I reached the Whiteface Ledges. I backtracked along the Rollins Trail, and took the 0.2 mile East Loop (avoiding the Passaconaway summit) to the Square Ledge Trail. I then followed the Walden Trail southeast over Nanomocomuck (an unofficially-named peak), turning around once I reached the 3140' Wonalancet Hedgehog peak. On my way back, I did a side trip south along the Wonalancet Range Trail, turning around once I reached Mt. Hibbard (which doesn't seem like a real summit, but has a decent view west). Once back at the Walden Trail, I retraced my steps back over Nanomocomuck (very steep there), and took the Square Ledge Trail over Square Ledge, and turned onto the Square Ledge Branch Trail while descending Square Ledge. After that, I turned left onto the Oliverian Brook Trail, which took me due north and back to the trailhead on the Kancamagus Highway. The total distance was about 20 miles.

As for Passaconaway itself, I didn't stay long once there. I enjoyed the fine views for a couple of minutes, and took the short peakbagger's path (my term) up to the true summit, where there is no view. There are a few beaten paths in the summit area leading to spots that might be the highest point.

I didn't notice the 0.3 mile spur path that leads to an additional view point. I'll make sure to find it on a future visit to Passaconaway.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2763 ft / 842 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2763 ft / 842 m
    Trailhead:1280 ft / 390 m
Descent Statistics

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