Ascent of Silver Mountain on 2019-10-06

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, October 6, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Silver Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2190 ft / 667 m

Ascent Trip Report

An afternoon hike exploring the Ashuelot River Headwaters Forest. We first climbed Silver Mountain via the unnamed trail starting on South Road. South Road was full of deep potholes and was difficult to drive. The trail was the same as the first time we climbed it. It's a nice, well-maintained little trail. The summit of Silver Mountain has really nice ledgy, brushy areas. There were low clouds, so we couldn't see as far as the first time, but the foliage in the valleys nearby was quite nice. After descending Silver Mountain (the GPS ran out of battery just before we made it back), we decided to explore the two ponds in another part of the forest. We walked to the west on South Road, then followed a gated woods road down to the road along the shore of Sand Pond. We turned and followed it back to the east, continuing through a camp complex. As the road ended, we walked through the woods along the shore of the pond, hoping to intersect a trail shown on the Forest Society's trail map. We crossed many large rock outcrops, and eventually came across the trail. After checking out the views of the pond from a long rock point, we followed the trail back. It appeared to be abandoned. After passing by some impressive cliffs, the trail was cut off by a logging cut. We walked through it and followed the logging road further, eventually spotting a trail sign pointing to the spur paths to Sand Pond and Long Pond. We took the trail over to Long Pond, which was at least able to be followed, then returned the same way we came. Back at the logging road, we looked for the old trail leading back to the parking area, and saw some blazes beside the road. We were able to follow the footpath for a bit before we came to a spot where the logging road had obliterated it again. We continued up the road and soon came out to a large clearcut, where we did not know where the old trail went. Following the clearing to the west seemed to be the most direct route back to the parking area, so we tried that. Our plans were cut short, however, when we spotted four bear cubs in a lone tree. Assuming there would be a potentially angry mother bear very nearby, we hurried back the way we came and tried to follow the other side of the clearing. This side had a more obvious road, and we soon spotted some yellow blazes on trees at the edge of the road, confirming that this was actually the route of the former trail. We were able to follow it all the way back to the parking area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:907 ft / 276 m
    Total Elevation Loss:907 ft / 276 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:477 ft / 145 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Silver Mtn Tr
    Start Trailhead:South Road  1713 ft / 522 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:907 ft / 276 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 477 ft / 145 m; Extra: 430 ft / 131m
    Gain on way out:430 ft / 131 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:Silver Mtn Tr/South Rd/unknown trails/bushwhack
    End Trailhead:South Road  1713 ft / 522 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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