Ascent of Sams Hill on 2019-02-17

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, February 17, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sams Hill
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1683 ft / 512 m

Ascent Trip Report

#71 on the NH Fire Tower list. We started our ascent on a woods road leaving the east side of Meany road at a clearing 1.9 miles north of Hemlock Road. Roadside parking was very difficult on this road in winter, so we found at spot at the height-of-land just beyond our trailhead and walked back a bit. We walked through the clearing and followed the woods road 0.2 miles to a fork. After checking the map, we decided to go right. This led straight up a steep pitch before turning left, to the northeast, and leveling off. The road headed downhill just a bit, crossing what could be a wet area in springtime. We could see Sam's Hill ahead. A few roads diverged off in different directions in this section, notably one obvious road heading downhill bearing right. We tried to stay on what appeared to be the main road. As we headed uphill more to the north, we passed some clearings and the main road became less distinguishable. We walked to the back of one of the clearings and headed directly toward the ridge of the hill on a compass bearing. This was 0.4 miles from the fork at the beginning. We climbed gently for a while, then after crossing a brook, hit a very steep slope. We bypassed the worst areas and climbed up onto the ledges at the west end of the summit ridge, 0.4 miles from the road. We found some fabulous views out to the Vermont horizon from here. From there, we walked up the ledges and continued on the ridge, passing through some tight new growth and skirting around a small knob. We soon hit open woods and walked easily for the 0.4 miles across the ridge to the summit. We found the old fire tower footings, then checked out the viewpoint just to the north. We found a large sloping ledge with great views to the White Mountains. We then found the viewpoint on the knob a little further to the south, which was probably the most open vantage point. The nice open ledges had views from the northeast to the south. We descended the mountain on the same route, following our tracks in the snow back the entire way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:876 ft / 266 m
    Total Elevation Loss:876 ft / 266 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:797 ft / 242 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 728 ft / 221 m; Extra: 69 ft / 21m
    Loss on way in:69 ft / 21 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:old roads/bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Meany Road  955 ft / 291 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:807 ft / 245 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 728 ft / 221 m; Extra: 79 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:79 ft / 24 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:bushwhack/old roads
    End Trailhead:Meany Road  955 ft / 291 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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