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Ascent of Grandview Mountain on 2018-11-10

Climber: Map Man

Date:Saturday, November 10, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grandview Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2012 ft / 613 m

Ascent Trip Report

On a cloudy November weekend, we decided to visit one of the less exciting peaks on the NH Fire Tower list. There was off and on rain as we drove, but it turned to mostly snow by the time we arrived at the start of Forest Road 156. The road seems to be drivable to just before Elbow Pond in good conditions, but it was covered with an inch of snow today, so we chose to walk. It is very flat and passes by a scenic bend in Jackman Brook. At 0.9 miles, there was a junction - as the road went straight to Elbow Pond, we turned left onto the snowmobile trail at a sign for corridor 11/Mt. Cilley Trail. As we hiked up this trail, the wind and snow picked up, and there was more snow on the ground - about 2-4". The trail went uphill for about 0.6 miles, passing close to a brook flowing into Elbow Pond. After all the rain in the past weeks, there were many runoffs flowing over the trail. At the top of the incline was a monotonous flat section that went on for just over 0.5 miles until the trail made a quick turn uphill and reached its highpoint of 1800'. We went steadily downhill for the next 0.4 miles, then the trail swung right and started heading toward Grandview Mountain. We reached the low point on this side in another 0.4 miles, at the second bridge over a fork of Pike Brook. From there on, the trail went uphill steadily for 0.3 miles before flattening out as it crossed the slope below the summit of Grandview. We found a good place to set a compass bearing and head into the woods. The forest was very open all the way up to the summit, where we found no signs or markings, only a medium-sized clearing. We then reset the compass to head over to the eastern knob where the fire tower was. We quickly crossed another clearing which looked like it could have a good view. We could see Mts. Osceola and Tecumseh, as well as North Tripyramid, but only because the leaves were off the trees. Otherwise this is a very "grandviewless" mountain. We then headed down the ridge, soon able to see where we were going ahead. We crossed a small col and zigzagged up a sharp slope to the top of the knob, where we easily found the fire tower remains (four footings, the base of the stairs, a bucket, and some cable). We took some pictures, then followed our footprints back to the summit (noticing a random pile of boards near the col; how did that get here?) and then back to the snowmobile trail. The walk out was just as long and monotonous as the walk in; this is really sort of a remote little peak. When we returned to the road, we headed out for a short side trip to Elbow Pond, which was scenic and had nice views of the surrounding mountains.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1172 ft / 356 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1172 ft / 356 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:792 ft / 241 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 612 ft / 187 m; Extra: 180 ft / 54m
    Loss on way in:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:FR156/Snowmobile Corridor 11/bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:FR156 gate  1400 ft / 426 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:992 ft / 302 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 612 ft / 187 m; Extra: 380 ft / 115m
    Gain on way out:380 ft / 115 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route:bushwhack/Snowmobile Corridor 11/FR156
    End Trailhead:FR156 gate  1400 ft / 426 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Grandview/Elbow Pond

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Grandview Mountain2018-11-10 a1172 ft / 357 m
2Grandview Mountain-East Peak2018-11-10 b 
Total Trip Gain: 1172 ft / 357 m    Total Trip Loss: 1172 ft / 357 m
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