Ascent of Mount Liberty on 2012-07-10

Climber: Nick Bellows

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Liberty
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4459 ft / 1359 m

Ascent Trip Report

The plan was to park at the northbound Basin parking area, walk south on the Bike Path and take the herd path short cut up to the Liberty Spring Trail.

Unfortunately I overshot the herd path and ended up bushwhacking for several hours before finally meeting up with the Liberty Springs trail far past where I intended on linking up with it. Gaia GPS on my phone saved my ass today - I've never really used it before and it certainly is clunky but it got me out of the woods and back on the trail - should have went to it much earlier. I've never really bushwhacked before - I was an experience alright, one that I certainly wasn't prepared for but other than some major scratches on my legs and arms I'm no worse for the wear.

The upper part of Liberty Spring was rather rocky and steep but the view from the summit was worth it. The summit was busy, several cam p groups on trail but everyone was enjoying the great weather and beautiful view. Well worth all the work to get up there.

I ended up finding the herd path on the way down - all the reports are right - you can't miss it - it really is a trail. I saw the error of my ways when it dumped my back on the bike path - I strayed too far north and never got on the herd path. If you decide to take the herd path shortcut (which despite my travails I recommend, it is a nice trail) on your way up your should find the path just past the water that is near the entrance from the bike path - I you do not see it within a couple of minutes you have missed it - go back and try again or just walk down the bike path to the Liberty Spring trailhead. You can still take the herd path on your way down and you will never forget where it is again.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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