Ascent of Terrace Mountain on 2012-10-20

Climber: Gabriel Couët

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Terrace Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3655 ft / 1114 m

Ascent Trip Report

At 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 I eventually found the sign and followed a faint trail to another sign that read how York Pond trail is no longer maintained.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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Starr King2012-10-20 a
2Mount Waumbek2012-10-20 b
3Mount Weeks-South Peak2012-10-20 c
4Middle Weeks2012-10-20 d
5Mount Weeks2012-10-20 e
6Terrace Mountain2012-10-20 f
7Terrace Mountain-Middle Peak2012-10-20 g
8Terrace Mountain-North Peak2012-10-20 h
9Mount Cabot-Southeast Knob2012-10-20 i
10Mount Cabot2012-10-20 j
11Mount Cabot-Southeast Knob2012-10-20 k
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel Couët
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