Ascent of Bear Island Fire Tower on 2019-02-03

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, February 3, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bear Island Fire Tower
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:650 ft / 198 m

Ascent Trip Report

#70 on the NH Fire Tower list. This is a rather unique fire tower hike in that you must either have a boat or walk to it in the winter. We chose the winter option, crossing the frozen Lake Winnipesaukee on foot. We started from the parking lot for the docks on Cattle Landing Road at the end of Meredith Neck. We got out onto the open ice, then headed south past two small islands. There were plenty of snowmobile tracks to follow. We then turned east toward the small bay where the path to the tower is supposed to be. We couldn't find the right trail, so we made our way up through the woods between houses, crossed some sort of road, and eventually found the path. We followed it up to the church and checked it out briefly before heading back.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:170 ft / 51 m
    Total Elevation Loss:170 ft / 51 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:150 ft / 45 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 130 ft / 40 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Lake Winnipesaukee/unknown paths
    Start Trailhead:Cattle Landing Dock  520 ft / 158 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:150 ft / 45 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 130 ft / 40 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Gain on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:unknown paths/Lake Winnipesaukee
    End Trailhead:Cattle Landing Dock  520 ft / 158 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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