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Ascent of Pine Mountain on 2019-05-27

Climber: Map Man

Date:Monday, May 27, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pine Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2400 ft / 731 m

Ascent Trip Report

#85 on the NH Fire Tower list. After bushwhacking Currier in the morning for #84, we headed to Gorham to climb a small peak I had wanted to get to for quite a while. It was reputed to be one of the best great-view-for-little-effort peaks, and it absolutely was! We took the shorter approach from Pinkham B Road. We parked at the Pine Link parking lot and headed down the Pine Mountain Road. The first 0.9 miles of our loop were on this road, which climbed a little and had a couple short descents as well. The real climb began when we turned onto the Pine Mountain Loop Trail. After a brief rocky ascent through the forest, the trail came out to the base of the impressive cliffs, and soon went out onto some ledges, with the first views toward the Presidentials. This side of the loop is quite steep with many scrambles as it works its way up alongside the cliffs. There are many places to stop and admire the view as you climb. As the trail gets higher, the views begin to include the Carter Range on one side and the central Whites on the other. The rugged climb culminates at the wide, sloping ledge at the top of the cliffs, which has the most spectacular views. There is a nice bench carved into the stone up there. The trail flattens out after that and leads across the flat, ledgy summit area for a while to a highpoint, where the old fire tower footings are. We continued on the loop trail across the summit, passing spur paths to three ledges with very fine views to the northeast. We returned by continuing on the loop trail back to the road and following that back down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:875 ft / 266 m
    Total Elevation Loss:875 ft / 266 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:815 ft / 248 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 755 ft / 230 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Loss on way in:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Pine Mtn Rd/Pine Mtn Loop
    Start Trailhead:Pinkham B Road  1645 ft / 501 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:815 ft / 248 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 755 ft / 230 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Pine Mtn Loop/Pine Mtn Rd
    End Trailhead:Pinkham B Road  1645 ft / 501 m
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