Ascent of Mount Weetamoo on 2020-04-19

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, April 19, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Weetamoo
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2548 ft / 776 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started our hike to Mt. Weetamoo from the beginning of Forest Road 400, 1.7 miles down Eastern Corner Road. The road begins at an unmarked four-way on a steep downhill section. When we arrived, we realized we had stumbled on an extremely popular bicycling area, as the entrance to the road was packed with parked cars. This was quite a surprise, as we were expecting to pull up to a forest road in the middle of nowhere. We started hiking up the road past the gate and soon came to a scenic cascade in the Beebe River at 0.3 miles. We read a sign and found that the road is actually a multi-use trail within a conservation area around the river. It does look like it would be a nice biking area. We continued along the flat road, admiring the rushing river. The road made its long turn, entered a power line clearing, and crossed a snowmobile bridge at 0.8 miles. We passed through a long clearing at 1.1 miles and found an old plow on the roadside at the far end. The road stayed close to the Beebe River the whole time, but it wasn't always in sight. We crossed the second bridge at 1.7 miles. Just after climbing the first minor incline of the entire road walk, we came back out into the power line cut. At 2.1 miles, just before the third snowmobile bridge, we turned left and crossed under the power lines on a faint old woods road. We passed through an overgrown section on the other side, then began following the narrow corridor of the old road gradually uphill, paralleling a brook on the right. At 2.6 miles, we reached a small clearing, where I figured the road would end, but the road continued into the woods straight ahead, so we kept hiking on the road. The road was less clear from here on, but it could still be followed easily. At 2.9 miles, we reached the convergence of two small brooks, which I had marked on the map as a navigational waypoint. We crossed the brook and climbed a very steep and eroded pitch on the road. At 3 miles, the road swung to the left, and we started bushwhacking toward the summit on a compass bearing. It was easy going on moderate grades through wide open hardwoods at first. At around 3.3 miles, the conifers started mixing in, the terrain steepened, and we started seeing some patches of snow. As we climbed, we encountered some tough thickets, which were surprisingly bad for this low elevation. Fortunately, the snow was not too deep, and only lingered in the flat areas. As the slope got even steeper, we started veering off our bearing to avoid the worst of the spruce thickets. There were a couple cliff bands with icicles to be seen. At 3.5 miles into our journey, we stumbled out on a limited view ledge to the south. There was one more rough patch to push through beyond this, and then we climbed easily to the top of the eastern knob at 3.6 miles. There were no views to be seen here, so we dropped down into the snow-filled col, and bushwhacked the short distance to the summit, which we reached at 3.7 miles. The summit had decent views over the trees to the south, toward the Squam Range and out to far southern NH. I looked for a summit register, but there wasn't one. After some exploring around the top, we found a viewpoint to the north which took in Sandwich Dome, the Osceola-Tecumseh area, and the Franconia Ridge. We admired this for a while, then went back to the summit and decided to find a better route down. We tried the west side, but it didn't look promising, so we started heading directly south. We quickly came out to the top of some cliffs with a magnificent view to the south across the valley of the Beebe River. We stopped to enjoy this for a bit, as it was easily the best viewpoint we found on the mountain. We descended around the cliffs to the right and continued downhill. It was generally better going this way, although we had to cross a very sharp and tricky drainage. After passing a small swamp on a flat spot, we rejoined our original route for the rest of the way down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1751 ft / 533 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1751 ft / 533 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1721 ft / 524 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1701 ft / 518 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route:FR400/old road/bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Eastern Corner Road  847 ft / 258 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1731 ft / 527 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1701 ft / 518 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:bushwhack/old road/FR400
    End Trailhead:Eastern Corner Road  847 ft / 258 m
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