Ascent of Russell Hill on 2018-12-30

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, December 30, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Russell Hill
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:738 ft / 224 m

Ascent Trip Report

We hiked this hill in the afternoon for the NH Fire Tower list. It has some nice views and it's an easy walk, but there is almost no information about it online, so here are some directions to help you find it. The trail starts at the highest point on Russell Hill Road, about 1.2 miles south of Mason Road. Park at a recent logging landing; the trail, which is a snowmobile trail and logging road, begins at the back. There are two paths leading out from the back of the clearing which both rejoin in 0.15 miles. On our visit, we found the south fork to be completely flooded and the north fork to be very muddy. The north (left) fork is the more direct route. Stay left at every junction and you will find the route marked with orange diamonds at about 0.3 miles from the start. From there, the trail is easy to follow for the remaining 0.3 miles through a large clearing to the summit. Continue past the summit for a minor viewpoint over the trees and a historical marker. There are more open views from a massive logged clearing on the east side of the hill. We made a loop down through the top of this clearing and back through the woods to the trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:298 ft / 90 m
    Total Elevation Loss:298 ft / 90 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:208 ft / 63 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 188 ft / 57 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Snowmobile Tr
    Start Trailhead:Russell Hill Road  550 ft / 167 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:278 ft / 84 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 188 ft / 57 m; Extra: 90 ft / 27m
    Gain on way out:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Snowmobile Tr
    End Trailhead:Russell Hill Road  550 ft / 167 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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