Ascent of Stinson Mountain on 2019-07-04

Climber: Dharma Bum

Date:Thursday, July 4, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stinson Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2840 ft / 865 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was heading east to hike Squam Ridge TRail (highly recommended) on the 5th and decided to camp out the night before on the route. Stinson fit the requirement and I had a feeling it would be quiet on the 4th. Of course Stinson Lake was in full throttle it being a hot 4th of July. I made the mistake of driving around the Lake but eventually got to Doetown Road. MY thought was to pick a nice spot off trail set up camp and then climb to the summit. It was an easy hike so I decided to carry all my gear up and camp on the summit. I know this is discouraged but there is a grassy flat spot right next to the foundations. Not a sensitive area and no harm done.

THe view from the summit is to the south/south east. On a clear day (it was hot and hazy) it might be more impressive - maybe some views of the Lake Region and beyond? On this night the view shed was more limited and featured 10-12 wind turbines turning lazily or not at all. Nevertheless it was a wonderful night of solitude lulled by the song of a wood thrush and enjoying a starry sky.
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