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Ascent of Moose Mountain-South Peak on 2019-04-21

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, April 21, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Moose Mountain-South Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2283 ft / 695 m

Ascent Trip Report

#73 on the NH Fire Tower list. We drove up Moose Mountain Lodge Road, a steep and winding (but solid) dirt road, to the gate at a pond. We hiked up the road past the pond, soon entering a local conservation area's trail system. We went up the road for 0.65 miles to a sharp turn, where some of the foot trails continued straight into the woods. We weren't planning on climbing to Moose Mountain, but since the map showed the trails connected to the AT on its way to the summit, we decided to continue on after hitting the required highpoint for the fire tower list. We walked up the road for 0.2 miles past the turn to its end, where there was a tall cell tower at the summit of a minor southern spur of Moose Mountain's South Peak. There was nothing to see here, since it was only a proposed tower site, so we turned around and headed back to the sharp turn. We followed the trail that connected to the AT (I don't recall the name), which followed an old, overgrown woods road. It was easy enough to follow at first, but soon it started to fade out and seemed to dead-end in a flooded area. We might not have been able to find it were it not for a helpful trail sign. We bypassed the swamp and continued uphill on the old road, which at this point seemed completely unmaintained as a walking path. After a sharp climb, it crossed over the top of a flat ridge and intersected the AT 0.45 miles from the cell tower road. We turned right and the AT crossed a muddy area with stepping stones and started climbing up the southwest ridge. It was a total of 0.6 miles on the AT to the summit of the south peak. It was a nice moderate climb in scenic open and rocky forest. The summit was in a large grassy clearing, marked by a cairn and a sign. The trees had been cut to open up a nice view to the east. There was a great view of Goose Pond, which was still iced over, and Mt. Cardigan.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:827 ft / 252 m
    Total Elevation Loss:827 ft / 251 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:827 ft / 252 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 738 ft / 225 m; Extra: 89 ft / 27m
    Loss on way in:89 ft / 27 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Moose Mtn Lodge Rd/woods road/AT
    Start Trailhead:Moose Mtn Pond  1545 ft / 470 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:738 ft / 224 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:AT/woods road/Moose Mtn Lodge Rd
    End Trailhead:Moose Mtn Pond  1545 ft / 470 m
Ascent Part of Trip: South Moose Mtn

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Moose Mountain Fire Tower Peak2019-04-21 a 
2Moose Mountain-South Peak2019-04-21 b827 ft / 252 m
Total Trip Gain: 827 ft / 252 m    Total Trip Loss: 827 ft / 252 m
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