Ascent of Saddleback Mountain on 2019-03-31

Climber: Jim Wilkinson

Others in Party:Pat
Date:Sunday, March 31, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Saddleback Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1150 ft / 350 m

Ascent Trip Report

7.35 mile roundtrip hike with Pat to Northwest Saddleback and Saddleback from Northwood Meadows parking lot on Rt. 4. Should have worn microspikes as it was very icy all along the road out to Old Mountain Road and especially in the woods going up/down the steeper parts. Had to bushwhack around the trail (although mostly open woods) to get traction. We overlooked the right turn off of Old Mountain Road over the stream on the 2 log bridge. Look for it 100' or so before the gate on the road. There is a very clear path to the top of the Northwest peak from the lookout on the orange Parsonage Loop/Saddleback Mt. Loop trail. From there it is a bushwhack/open woods walk to the main peak, although there is orange tape hanging from the trees guiding much of the way. There is a very tall cairn just down slope to the NorthWest of the main peak and a cool little stone wall right by the top. I couldn't find the sign for the top on the tree that I've seen in pictures on the main peak nor on the other little nub to the north of the main peak. Not sure if it is now gone.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
Ascent Part of Trip: Saddleback

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Saddleback Mountain-Northwest Peak2019-03-31 
2Saddleback Mountain2019-03-31 

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