Ascent of Potash Mountain on 2010-02-20

Climber: Brian Lamarsh

Others in Party:GO
led by Mike B. (Mark H)
Date:Saturday, February 20, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Potash Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2680 ft / 816 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt. Potash is a fine smaller hike at 2,700', and great for part of our GetWinter Hike series.

We met at the parking lot at 11:00. Since the trail was packed down and potentially icy we either wore Micro Spikes or snowshoes. The skies were clear and we were fired up for the trip and on our way.

We easily crossed the first water crossing since it was ice bridged.

We continued to hike under blue skies and then saw the logging road. There was a cairn beside the trail on the other side to indicate that was the direction we needed to go.

The trail resumes a fairly modest grade until the first switchback, after which it get steeper as it zig zags up the mountain. The trail was nicely packed down with a few icy patches making for amusing travel. Eventually, the forest switches from hardwoods to hemlocks to scrubby pines.

We reached the first open ledge under abundant sunshine with fine views towards Chocorua, Passaconaway and Whiteface, We continued up toward the summit among the pines. On the summit we came upon the open and breathtaking view north into the Pemi.

Absolutely gorgeous!

The surrounding summits were snow capped. It was mind boggling to consider not only the view, but that we had the summit to ourselves.

We took many pictures that will attempt to do the day justice but it was probably better if you had actually been there.

We finished earlier than expected so we took a short jaunt afterwards to check the frozen waterfalls of Sabbaday Falls. Spectacular!

Too often we tag a peak, admire the view, and charge on to the next objective. I highly recommend picking a nice, less-visited peak and making yourself stay on the summit for any reason. A great view, good company, and cold beers/pizza are among the most satisfying reasons I've found.

~ Mike
Summary Total Data
    Route:Mt Potash T
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Overcast

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