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Ascent of Top of the World on 2014-10-05

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 5, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Top of the World
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:833 ft / 253 m

Ascent Trip Report

After yesterday's rains we were rewarded with a sunny/colorful day, ideal for the mountains.
The plan for the day was (1) climb LARCOM MOUNTAIN, (2) check out the Trail Heads for tomorrow's point-to-point climb on the Crawford Ridgepole Trail over 6 Peaks in the SQUAM MOUNTAIN RANGE (will get dropped-off at the east end at Sandwich Notch Road and get picked-up at the west end at the Mount Morgan TH Parking on rte #113), (3) on the way check out a number of small summits listed in PB, all as noted below, and (4) Rose's shopping at North Conway.
We accomplished everything except Larcom Mountain .... the TH, 1.6 miles up Mountain Road at the southwest corner of a large field with apple trees was "Posted, No Trespassing", apparently closed to hikers since 2009, we obeyed the sign.

TOP OF THE WORLD ..... a short bushwack westbound .... 350 yards, 10 minutes RT.
After overnighting in the White Lake State Park Campground in West Ossipee and checking out the Larcom TH we drove to North Sandwich and continued south on #113 for 1.3 miles to where the road makes a sharp right bend. We turned left onto Top of the World Road to its crest at .4 miles, there is a house on the left just before. We parked on the side of the road, the summit is to the right.
I bushwacked the open woods 150 yards to the high ground .... wooded, not much of a summit here. I chose my HP at a stone wall with a huge tree, my GPS 43.81578,-71.40128.
Brown buildings are 70 yards to the northeast, this summit must be on their land.

WENTWORTH HILL .... a drive up to a nice view.
This summit is on the north side of the crest of Hwy#109, 1.6 miles east of Center Sandwich.
The summit is capped with an old stately large home (#252) in need of repairs, a wooden pillared white fence along the road. The 2 story white building looks more like a courthouse or a southern plantation mansion. I chatted with the new owner, Mrs Allison from Boston, they are in the process of repairing/refurbishing the building. The house called "Wentworth Place" was the residence of the original owner who apparently owned most of the land in the area.
Next door to the east there is another large/old building "Chestnut Manors", the new owners are also repairing the place and turn it to a B&B.
The 180 degree panorama to the north with the Sandwich Range dominating the view is beautiful. This a nice spot.

DIAMOND LEDGE ..... a drive up to a another nice view.
From Center Sandwich we drove west on Grove Street for .4 miles to a fork, we stayed left on Diamond Ledge Road for .9 miles to a right turn onto Forest Gate Road. We drove the narrow road in a clockwise circle to a dead-end with 3 houses .... they could be summer places but not sure (no one home).
The summit is to the right side of the furthest north house, GPS 43.81639,-71.46178. It offers an outstanding southwestern view of the Squam Lake area .... another beautiful spot for a home.

BURLEY HILL .... a drive up to not much of a hill.
This summit is at the crest of hwy #113, .6 miles west of Center Sandwich, not much of a summit feel here, fairly flat.
There is a small bump on the north side of the road, across house #70 that's the HP of the area. however I'm not sure if natural. The most natural high ground appears to be on the south side, 40 yards up the driveway #70 (left side).

We drove to the top end of Diamond Ledge road to check out the east end TH for tomorrow's point-to-point hike before going to the west end TH Parking for Morgan Trail, the Rattlesnake TH Parking is across the road (hwy #113). We couldn't believe the number of cars parked here, both parking lots full with perhaps 50-60 cars on the side of the hwy.
We spent the rest of the day in North Conway, overnighting once again at the White Lake State park.

"I DON'T VISIT SUMMITS JUST FOR THE SUMMIT, I HAVE VISITED ENOUGH, MUCH MORE THAN I EVER IMAGINED. I DO TO DO IT."





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Southwest view of Squam Lake area from Diamond Ledge (2014-10-05). Photo by Ben Lostracco.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:33 ft / 10 m
    Elevation Loss:33 ft / 10 m
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:33 ft / 10 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:bushwack wb from top of the world road
    Trailhead:Top of the World Road  800 ft / 243 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:33 ft / 10 m
    Route:bushwack eb to top of the world road
    Trailhead:Top of the World Road  800 ft / 243 m



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