Ascent of Mount Hibbard on 2010-06-26

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Saturday, June 26, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hibbard
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2920 ft / 890 m

Ascent Trip Report

Today's trip was a clockwise loop over 5 peaks in the Sandwich Range Wilderness, 2 of which are required for my list "NH52WAV" ....... 9.7 miles, 6 1/2 hour RT.

I started my day at the Ferncroft TH Parking in Wonalancet, on the south side of the Sandwich Range, a very popular TH giving access to numerous trails. There were over 25 cars when I came out in the mid-afternoon.
This TH is located on the northside of Ferncroft Road half a mile from hwy #113A in Wonalancet.

I ascended the Wonalancet Range Trail nb over Wonalancet and Hibbard, then the Walden trail to Hedghog and over Nanamocomuck. A right turn on the Square Ledge Trail directed me over the 5th Peak of the trip, Square Ledge, and on to the Old Mast Road Trail which brought me back down sb to the TH Parking.
The trails for the most of the clockwise loop were moderate except for the descend/ascend section between Hedgehog and Nanamocomuck and the ascend/descend portion at Square Ledge , both sections very rough-rocky-steep with poor footing, requiring some scrambling and hand work ( a total of about 1 1/2 miles).
A lot of moose droppings on the west side of Nanamocomuck, also I ran into 4 groups on the Square Ledge Trail.

All 5 summits and trails were wooded with no views except for Hibbard which offers partial views to the NW and a number of lookouts at Square Ledge. I do not recommend this loop unless of course you're a Peakbagger or are after Lists.
My source of information was the "AMC White Mountain Guide" and the "White Mountain Waterproof Trail Map".

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:420 ft / 128 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:420 ft / 128 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:wonalancet range trail nb from wonalancet
    Start Trailhead:wonalancet range trail from ferncroft  2500 ft / 762 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:wonalancet range tr/walden tr eb to hedgehog
Ascent Part of Trip: hibbard

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Wonalancet2010-06-26 a1620 ft / 494 m
2Mount Hibbard2010-06-26 b420 ft / 128 m
3Wonalancet Hedgehog2010-06-26 c240 ft / 73 m
4Nanamocomuck2010-06-26 d500 ft / 152 m
5Square Ledge2010-06-26 e1200 ft / 366 m
Total Trip Gain: 3980 ft / 1213 m    Total Trip Loss: 1120 ft / 341 m

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