Ascent of Cherry Mountain on 2009-10-19

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Monday, October 19, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cherry Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3554 ft / 1083 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Cherry Mountain Range, located East of hwy #115 and North of Twin Mountain/Carroll area, has 3 main Peaks, Mount Martha-South Peak (elev 3461'), Cherry Mountain (Mount Martha) (3554') and Owlshead (3248').

The Cherry Mountain trail climbs from hwy #115 on the westside to the crest of the ridge ,where you can follow the ridge southbound (right)to Cherry Mountain road on the eastside (passing Martha-South Peak to the east) or go northbound (left)over Martha and Owls Head descending to #115 on the northside "Owlshead Trail".

The TH for the westside trail is on the eastside of Hwy #115, 1.8 miles north of jct #3/#115 in Carroll.
The TH for the northside "Owlshead trail" is 3.6 miles north of this same westside trail (it is extremely wet and muddy at the bottom end).

I did a point to point hike, getting dropped off at the westside TH and picked up at the northside TH.
I climbed the Cherry trail to the ridge crest(1.7mi), southbound on the ridge to the west side of Mount Martha-South Peak where I found the short rough herd path (semi bushwack) to the wooded summit of the South-Peak (2.2mi). Back northbound to Cherry mountain at 2.9 mi(known as Mount Martha) with remnants of an old Tower foundations and great partial views. From here I continued north on the Martha Mile trail to Owlshead (3.7mi, open rock, outstanding views), I descended to the north on the Owlshead trail to hwy #115 ....... overall, 6.2mi and 4h30 hours.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:188 ft / 58 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:188 ft / 58 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:cherry ridge trail nb from Martha-South Peak
    Trailhead:N of Twin Mtn/Carroll area, jct #3/115  3366 ft / 1025 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:martha ridge trail to owls head
Ascent Part of Trip: cherry

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Martha-South Peak2009-10-19 c
2Cherry Mountain2009-10-19 d
3Cherry Mountain-Owlshead2009-10-19 e

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