Ascent of Mount Shaw on 2018-07-23

Climber: Jason Rossman

Others in Party:Jill Conroy
Date:Monday, July 23, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Shaw
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2990 ft / 911 m

Ascent Trip Report

We used the Trail Bandit's map:

The plan was to drop a car at the Sentinel Trail head and, using a second car, start our hike at McDuffee & Canaan Road.

Driving on Bents road, the trail head can be easy to miss. If you get to the entrance of the Terrace Pines Campground, you've gone too far. That's exactly what we did. We turned around and in about 500 ft. we spotted a sign on the left pointing to the trail head. We dropped a car and headed to our starting point. Once we arrived, we parked off to the side where McDuffee and Canaan meet so we weren't in anybody's way. There is no designated parking area.

Like any hike, make sure you bring the map and a compass with you. We got a bit lost in the beginning and they helped. We started up McDuffee Road and took a left before the end of the road. We came to a fork where the dirt road turns right, but there was a sign pointing us in the direction of the path that went straight ahead to get to Black Snout. We followed that for about a 1/4 mile before arriving at another junction which had a sign labeled "Brier Hill" and pointing to the right. We realized we had gone the wrong way, so we turned around and took a left at the fork where should have turned right in the first place. We next arrived at what appeared to be a house under construction, but no one was home. The dirt road continued west past the house, but there was another sign pointing north to Black Snout with no obvious trail. We split off to see which way was right, and eventually we found the trail in the direction the sign was pointing. The next sign encountered told us to turn sharp left which corresponded with the map. Now we were finally confident we were on the right way.

It was a very humid day and we knew the sky could open up at any time. The trail that traverses the summit of Tate and leads to Black Snout is hard to follow at times as it doesn't get much use and, like all of the trails not on LRCT property, they are not maintained (check out NH Trail Bandit's website for that story). Many blueberry bushes on the trail. We arrived at the junction where the Banana Trail meets the LRCT Black Snout Trail. The trail conditions were like night and day. The LRCT trails are wide and grassy with very few roots or rocks. We summitted Black Snout, then proceeded to head towards Shaw.

To receive the LRCT patch, you have to hike all the trails and the 5 summits on the property. In order for me to fulfill this goal my friend agreed to do the loop just below the summit of Shaw which added a couple miles to our hike. After completing the loop, we proceeded to the summit. Following the LRCT path, you can occasionally spot the old path that led to the summit of Shaw. The LRCT thought it better to blaze a switchback up to the top. Seemed unnecessary to me.

At this point, it was alternating between light showers and downpours. After taking pictures of the summit sign (because there were no other views) we easily found the entrance to the Gorilla Trail to head over to Flagg. This trail was very well blazed, but was quickly being consumed by the forest due to low use and lack of maintenance. It was borderline bushwhacking if it wasn't for the blazes. After summitting Flagg, the trail became very rocky. Lots of large boulders to walk over. Just a very unpleasant trail.

At the junction with Canaan Trail, I was shocked to see a shelter there. We continued on the Canaan Trail and discovered another shelter at the junction with the Dave Green Trail. We continued on the Sentinel Trail Connector and the summit of Sentinel Mountain. Finally, the rain had let up and the clouds broke to give us some views of Dan Hole Pond below. We decided it was safe to put away our rain jackets for the final descent.

We were wrong.

Ten minutes into descending the initially steep Sentinel Mountain Trail, the skies opened up with the heaviest down pour of the day. I stopped to put on my jacket, but my friend basically ran down the rest of the trail back to the car.

All-in-all this was a productive, but miserable hike, bagging 5 summits on the Ossipee 10 list leaving me with just Bayle to complete the list. The rain, humidity, and poor trail conditions made us quickly put this day behind us.

Start: 9:15am
Finish: 4:00pm
Total Miles: 12.33

52 WAV #28
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:193 ft / 58 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
    Weather:Raining, Hot, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:193 ft / 58 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Black Snout Trail, High Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:Black Snout  2797 ft / 852 m
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Ossipees

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Tate Mountain2018-07-231196 ft / 365 m
2Black Snout2018-07-23762 ft / 232 m
3Mount Shaw2018-07-23193 ft / 59 m
4Mount Flagg2018-07-230 ft / 0 m
5Sentinel Mountain2018-07-230 ft / 0 m
Total Trip Gain: 2151 ft / 656 m    Total Trip Loss: 1490 ft / 454 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jason Rossman
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