Ascent of Piermont Mountain on 2019-05-05

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, May 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Piermont Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2717 ft / 828 m

Ascent Trip Report

#75 on the NH Fire Tower list. We read that Camp Walt Whitman requested that hikers park outside their gate and walk in, so we parked just off the road at the entrance. We walked the 0.4 miles into the center of the camp and looked for the trail. We did not know exactly where to find it, so we wandered around a bit before seeing a large, new sign pointing the way. The correct way to go when you reach the camp center is to bear right onto the road past the lake and beach. As you pass by the water, bear right and downhill slightly. Walk straight past a newly constructed cabin and you will see the sign ahead. We found the mint condition of the trail sign deceiving. The trail was not obvious at first. We generally found a wide, debris-covered path with occasional faint blazes. The grade was fairly easy up to the plateau at 1880'-2020'. This section could have been easy walking were it not drenched. After crossing a brook, the trail became flooded and eventually turning into a stream bed. After leaving the running water, the trail went through a very muddy logged area, which we walked through the woods to avoid on the way down. After crossing the plateau, the trail becomes extremely steep, climbing 500' in 0.3 miles. Near the top, there is a difficult ledge scramble. Once you make it up this, it is mostly flat and easy to the summit along a moose highway. The views are spectacular from the summit ledges, spanning from the Benton Range to Moosilauke to the Sanwich Range.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1407 ft / 428 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1407 ft / 428 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1357 ft / 413 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1307 ft / 399 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:camp roads/Pvt Ritchie Green Trail
    Start Trailhead:Camp Walt Whitman  1410 ft / 429 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1357 ft / 413 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1307 ft / 399 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:Pvt Ritchie Green Trail/camp roads
    End Trailhead:Camp Walt Whitman  1410 ft / 429 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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