Ascent of Gap Mountain-North Summit on 2012-07-31

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gap Mountain-North Summit
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1831 ft / 558 m

Ascent Trip Report

After spending about a half hour at home trying to find a place to hike, as I've been to most trailed peaks in the southern part of NH, I pitched Gap Mountain to my father, who went with me, and he was up for it.

After an hour and a half drive, we arrived at the trailhead, which was located off of Bullard Rd a little off NH 124. We checked out the kiosk and then got going.

We took a short path that very quickly led to the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. We turned right onto it (left goes toward Mt. Monadnock).

The trail started off by going through shady woods and what looked like an old river bed. It then descended a little to a woods road, crossed it (there was a fork on the other side of the road; the white-blazed right fork was the way to go), and descended even more, eventually crossing a small brook. It then ascended again and started lining the slopes of the mountain.

We then came up to a trail junction marked by signs and blazes; a sign marked "Metacomet-Monadnock Trail; Gap Mtn- 1.2 mi" pointed the way. Another sign indicated that this part of the trail ran concurrently with the Royce Trail.

After the junction, the trail's grade increased a little while climbing through the same shady woods, with the occasional stone wall off to the side. We soon reached a side trail that looked like it went to a viewing area; we skipped it and pressed on.

The MMT climbed through more woods, although they got more open and sunny, eventually to the point where there weren't any woods, just fields, brush, and open areas. We eventually came up to an open area with a view toward Mt. Monadnock, which looked like the north peak of Gap Mountain.

We found a place to take a short break. I took some video and pictures and then took a big swig of water, and then we continued to the south summit.

The MMT descended into a small col and then quickly ascended. There were a few rocky and small steep parts, but they weren't a problem. We then emerged onto a more clear knob with a better view, which was the true north summit.

The view from the north summit included Mt. Monadnock, the south peak of Gap Mtn, and the entire Wapack Range, from North Pack Monadnock to Mount Watatic.

Unfortunately, we couldn't go to the south summit due to a lack of time, but we did check out that side path; it just went through brush and shrub to a so-so viewpoint.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:750 ft / 229 m
    Elevation Loss:750 ft / 229 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:700 ft / 214 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Metacomet-Monadnock Trail
    Trailhead:Bullard Rd. trailhead  1131 ft / 344 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:750 ft / 229 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Metacomet-Monadnock Trail
    Trailhead:Bullard Rd. trailhead  1131 ft / 344 m

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