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Ascent of South Moat Mountain on 2010-06-07

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Monday, June 7, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Moat Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2760 ft / 841 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did a point-to-point northbound traverse over the Moat's Range 4 Peaks, moderate trails throughout the route except for a short steep scramble on way to North Moat Mountain ...... 9.6 miles, less than 6 hours.

Yesterday (an off day due to rain, we stayed at the Yankee Clipper Hotel in North Conway)) Rose and I checked out the TH'S on both ends of today's point-to-point hike. This morning Rose dropped me off at the Moat Mountain TH on Passaconaway Road west of Conaway at 8h10 hours, then left for a day of shopping, I estimated the hike at about 6-7 hours.

I climbed nb on the Moat Mountain Trail going over South Moat/Middle Moat/Red Ridge/North Moat Mountains, and descended the Moat Trail to the Attitash trail, visited the Diana's Baths, and came out at the Diana's Baths TH on the West Side Road. Rose was there waiting, the time was 14h00 hours. I moved most of the day, stopping only for short snack breaks.

The Moat Mountain ridge and its summits is an awesome fully open rock route with outstanding views of the Washington Valley, rung by its granite peaks. Patches of snow on the lofty reaches of Mount Washington. A highly recommended traverse.
My visit to Diana's Baths was well worth the time ..... cascading falls with a number of pools and a very easy trail access, very popular with families. I loved my day.

Tonight we will stay at the same Hotel in North Conway and tomorrow the plan is to climb the East and West Royce Mountains in the Baldface Royce Range northeast of here.

"IN THE END,IT'S NOT GOING TO MATTER HOW MANY BREATHS YOU TOOK (AND I DO TAKE A LOT OF THEM) ..... BUT HOW MANY MOMENTS TOOK YOUR BREATH AWAY."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2269 ft / 691 m
    Total Elevation Loss:130 ft / 39 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2269 ft / 691 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2139 ft / 652 m; Extra: 130 ft / 39m
    Loss on way in:130 ft / 39 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:moat mtn trail nb from passaconaway road
    Start Trailhead:passaconaway road west of conway  621 ft / 189 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:moat mtn trail nb to middle moat
Ascent Part of Trip: moat

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1South Moat Mountain2010-06-07 a2269 ft / 692 m
2Middle Moat Mountain2010-06-07 b165 ft / 50 m
3Red Ridge2010-06-07 c325 ft / 99 m
4North Moat Mountain2010-06-07 d726 ft / 221 m
Total Trip Gain: 3485 ft / 1062 m    Total Trip Loss: 2996 ft / 913 m



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