Ascent of Catamount Mountain on 2018-10-21

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, October 21, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Catamount Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1331 ft / 405 m

Ascent Trip Report

A late afternoon hike to visit one of the southern peaks on the NH Fire Tower list. We parked at the pull-off at the height-of-land on Rt. 107 mentioned in other reports and started following a compass bearing into the woods. There was a woods road going off to the left, but it did not look like it was going to take us in the right direction, so we ignored it. Immediately as we started walking, we noticed that we were following a path. As we continued gradually uphill, it was marked with surveyor's tape and cairns. The path was not too hard to follow, but definitely did not receive any kind of use as there was no footway visible. We continued following it, thinking for sure it led to the summit. It led past a small marsh and through a grassy area and kept going straight along the southwest side of the summit. At a spot where it bent to the left instead of going uphill, we started to question whether or not it actually went to the summit. Seeing that there was steeper terrain on the side of the hill where it was headed, we decided to leave the trail and go straight up to the top. We still did not avoid the steep terrain, as we had to climb up the center of a small ledge band. Once over that, it was flat terrain to the summit. We arrived at open ledges around the cell tower, where there was a nice view to the southwest. With binoculars, we could see the Piscatiqua River Bridge over in Portsmouth. As we walked over to the cell tower, we noticed there were several private property signs marking the ledge we had just been standing on. This was a surprise, since no other trip reports I had read mentioned anything about the summit being posted. There were several other signs pointing in conflicting directions, and it was not clear exactly what was posted private and what was not posted. There were also quite a few cairns and one bench. The large open ledge on the southwest side had the best view, taking in Fort Mountain, Mt. Monadnock, Crotched Mountain, the Uncanoonucs, and Lovewell Mountain, among others. This side also had a couple of cement footings and a metal rod, maybe from the fire tower? On the way down, we took a different route through the woods, staying on the north side to avoid the small cliffs. We passed through a few clearings that looked like old roads and then headed right to reconnect with the unknown trail. Overall, this is one of the nicest sub-1500' mountains around. It is a shame it does not have better access.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:308 ft / 93 m
    Total Elevation Loss:308 ft / 93 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:308 ft / 93 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:unknown path/bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Rt. 107  1023 ft / 311 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:308 ft / 93 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:bushwhack/unknown path
    End Trailhead:Rt. 107  1023 ft / 311 m
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