Ascent of Mount Prospect on 2019-09-16

Climber: Map Man

Date:Monday, September 16, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Prospect
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2064 ft / 629 m

Ascent Trip Report

After seeing this isolated peak from Russell Mountain, I looked it up and found there was an unofficial trail leading to the summit. We hiked it on a nice day when we had to be home early. To find the trailhead, get off I-93 at exit 25 at head east on Rt. 175A. Continue onto Rt. 175 south and take the first left onto Mt. Prospect Road. Travel 2.7 miles up the road to a sharp left curve beside an open field. Park on the side of the road at a trail with small granite blocks across it. From the trailhead, the wide trail drops down to cross a brook, then begins climbing up a hollowed out path. You will soon reach the top of a very sharp ridge, which the trail climbs at easy to moderate grades for over half a mile. Several bike trails diverge in this section. Near the end of the ridge, the path narrows and reaches a fork where another bike trail goes right. Bear left and walk across a flat section to a muddy col between Mt. Prospect and a western knob. You will reach a T-junction here; turn left and begin climbing. Stay straight as another bike trail leads to the left. The trail climbs moderate grades for 0.4 miles, bypassing one blowdown on the way. At a junction marked with a cairn, a summit loop splits. We followed the right fork, which passes the outlooks, first. The right fork dips through a ferny area, then climbs to another junction, where a spur trail to the best viewpoint leads to the right. We took a long break here, where there were nice views of the Ossipee Mountains and Red Hill. The main trail continued up to the summit, passing another, more restricted, outlook. The trail was a bit harder to follow as it wound around the flat summit area, but we were able to follow it around and back down to the trail we came up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1074 ft / 327 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1074 ft / 327 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1034 ft / 315 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 994 ft / 303 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:unnamed trails
    Start Trailhead:Mt. Prospect Road  1070 ft / 326 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1034 ft / 315 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 994 ft / 303 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:unnamed trails
    End Trailhead:Mt. Prospect Road  1070 ft / 326 m
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