Ascent of Nubble Mountain on 2018-09-29

Climber: Map Man

Date:Saturday, September 29, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Nubble Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2713 ft / 826 m

Ascent Trip Report

After deciding not to hike Middle Sugarloaf from seeing the lines of cars along the road by the trailhead, we decided to explore another good foliage hike that was sure to be without crowds. The Nubble is clearly the best-kept secret in the White Mountains. The views it has are probably the best of any mountain this height and the effort required to reach it is minimal. What keeps people away is just ignorance. No one knows about the obscure local trail that accesses it, and the fact that it is not maintained keeps it from being advertised by anyone. As long as it stays this way, it will continue to be visited only by the few locals and view-finders who take the time to research it, and I hope it does. Therefore, I would like to provide guidance for finding this treasure to anyone reading through PeakBagger reports to find such.

To drive to the parking area, you will need to turn down the east end of Gale River Loop Road - the one AFTER the bridge over the Gale River on Rt. 3 - usually driven to access Galehead Mountain. After about a mile and a half, you will come to the right turn toward the Gale River Trailhead. Continue straight for just over a mile to the gated end of the road, where there is room to park on the left. Continue past the gate on foot, following the noticeable herd path on the road. Walk for 0.55 miles along the nearly flat road, passing along the top edge of recent clearcuts. At the end of the 0.6 miles, fork right onto an older road, where you should see the herd path continue. If you walk past this, the road will start going downhill. Follow this next road for about 0.2 miles, climbing gently. You should notice a white blaze or two. Then, follow the path as it bears right and uphill away from the old road. From here, you are no longer on roads, and the trail is frequenly marked with the white blazes. Some areas are overgrown with hobblebush, but the footway is generally easy to find. Soon, you will come out to an even older woods road. The trail follows this very briefly, then crosses to the right side for a while. Not long after, it crosses back to the other side of the now more overgrown road and heads at a slight downgrade to a brook. It follows the brook bank closely for 0.2 miles, with a few sections that would erode away with more use. Then it turns left and crosses three forks of the brook sequentially; the last one is the largest and has an interesting cascade. From here, the trail climbs more steeply for 0.1 miles, passing close to the base of the cliffs on the Nubble and leading up to the col between the Nubble and Peak above the Nubble. Turn left here and follow the trail as it makes the steep, ledgy climb up the Nubble. The trail is not too well-defined here, but it is clear where you should go. With a large ledge outcrop above, the path makes a close pass to the cliff, then climbs to the south side of the summit. There are spectacular views here, but the trail continues. Follow the path down through a tiny patch of forest and out onto the true summit, where there is a walk-around 360-degree view. From the tiny summit, you have a great view of Mts. Garfield and Lafayette, over the town of Twin Mountain, the distant Green Mountains and Nash Stream Ranges, Cherry Mountain and the Presidentials, and of course up to Peak above the Nubble.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:693 ft / 211 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:unofficial trail
    Trailhead:FR 25  2020 ft / 615 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
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