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Ascent of Mount Webster on 2018-10-20

Climber: Map Man

Date:Saturday, October 20, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Webster
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2076 ft / 632 m

Ascent Trip Report

A nice, if long, hike to visit the three summits on the southern section of the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail. First stop was the southeast peak of Cotton Mountain. The trail up is short and steep and the ledge at the summit has a very limited view of Squam Lake. The SLA sign incorrectly lists it as the summit of Cotton. From there, we headed along the C-R trail, which made a surprisingly long descent from SE Cotton, passing through nice open woods. The climb to Mt. Livermore is long as well and has a ludicrous number of switchbacks. The summit is cleared and has a much nicer view of the lake than SE Cotton. We continued down the ridge from Livermore, which is narrow and has many nice stone walls. We noted Old Mountain Road as our descent route and continued up toward Mt. Webster. Once again, the flatness of Mt. Webster and the ridiculous number of switchbacks make it a very easy climb. It is quite long for this area of the mountains, but it is a really nice walk. There are four viewpoints on Webster. The first one is at the switchback at elevation 1640' and looks out to the northeast. The other three are on top of the ridge - you can see them on my GPS track as the short side trips to the right, left, and right. The first viewpoint is on a ledge with a cairn just off the trail and has a limited viewThe middle one (on the left) is on the side of the trail and has a nice view northwest, but does not have a defined path to it, so you have to watch for it. The last viewpoint has a wide view from north to east to southeast, taking in the northern Squam Range, the Ossippes and Belknaps, Squam and Winnipesaukee, and some of the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region. We continued along the trail past the last viewpoint to check out the summit. We visited two bumps not far off the trail to the right. The northern one looked like the true summit, but there were no markings. On the way down, we took Old Mountain Road and Old Highway back to the trailhead. This was a nice route on historic roads passing an open field and an 1800's cemetery.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2406 ft / 733 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2406 ft / 732 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.4 mi / 16.7 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2186 ft / 666 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1486 ft / 453 m; Extra: 700 ft / 213m
    Loss on way in:700 ft / 213 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Cotton Mtn Tr/Crawford-Ridgepole Tr
    Start Trailhead:Rt. 113  590 ft / 179 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1706 ft / 519 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1486 ft / 453 m; Extra: 220 ft / 67m
    Gain on way out:220 ft / 67 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Crawford-Ridgepole Tr/Old Mtn Rd/Old Hwy
    End Trailhead:Rt. 113  590 ft / 179 m
Ascent Part of Trip: South Squam Range

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Cotton Mountain2018-10-20 a 
2Mount Livermore2018-10-20 b 
3Mount Webster2018-10-20 c2406 ft / 733 m
Total Trip Gain: 2406 ft / 733 m    Total Trip Loss: 2406 ft / 733 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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