Ascent of Terrace Mountain on 2012-10-20
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, October 20, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||3655 ft / 1114 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAt York Pond trail's junction with Kilkenny Ridge trail, finding my bearings was a bit tricky. The footing was lost amid leaves and grass, and most blazes were long gone. I eventually found the sign and followed a faint trail to another sign that read how York Pond trail is no longer maintained.
I find it deplorable that it is not explicitly stated on the trail how access to private land further down is prohibited. Some people might come unprepared and head downhill in ignorance...
I took a right to follow Kilkenny Ridge trail again and soon started ascending along an easy grade. Birches were still dominant and it showed through the absence of any roots characteristic of conifer forests along the trail. It wound around the imposing southeastern face of Terrace Mt. and, soon after passing it, steepened into several switchbacks. At the top of this section, I reached the mountain's plateau and the junction to the summit spur.
I dropped my pack there and left with GPS and camera in hand for a short stroll towards my goal. I reached the true high point around 14:35, took some pictures, and returned to my pack. I was getting substantially tired now and dreaded the downhill that lay ahead of me before I reached Mt. Cabot for the pain my knees would cause me.
I took it easy from here on and was soon at the low point on the ridge before middle Terrace Mt.
Mt. Weeks (foreground) and a typical White Mountains scenery from Terrace Mt.'s summit.
The Presidentials as seen from Terrace Mt. The ridge in the foreground is Mt. Weeks's bulk.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||914 ft / 278 m|
| Elevation Loss:||234 ft / 71 m|
| Distance:||1.4 mi / 2.2 km|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Hut Camp|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Elevation Gain:||898 ft / 274 m|
| Extra Loss:||33 ft / 10 m|
| Distance:||0.9 mi / 1.5 km|
| Route:||Kilkenny Ridge trail|
| Trailhead:||Willard Notch 2790 ft / 850 m|
| Time Up:||40 Minutes|
| Elevation Loss:||201 ft / 61 m|
| Extra Gain:||16 ft / 4 m|
| Distance:||0.5 mi / 0.8 km|
| Route:||Kilkenny Ridge trail|
| Trailhead:||Middle Terrace col 3470 ft / 1057 m|
| Time Down:||12 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Pliny/Pilot (oct. 2012) (1 nights total away from roads)|
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