Ascent of South Moat Mountain on 2020-09-20

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Gudi Quinlan
Date:Sunday, September 20, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Moat Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2760 ft / 841 m

Ascent Trip Report

South and Middle Moat 9/20/2020
8:40 am
The temperature this morning is in the low 40s, but the sun is shining and its gonna be a great day to be out hiking! The plan is to hike up South Moat then on to Middle Moat, then turn around and head back.
I can’t believe how dry this summer has been, the trail is basically loose dust – no muddy feet today!

10:30 am
Summit of South Moat. Clear blue skies, white puffy clouds and some ravens just gliding through the air.
The summit has plenty of vantage points and has wonderful 360-degree views. The trail gets pretty steep and is a lot of loose rock and with it being so dry there is a lot of movement if you aren’t careful.

10:50 am
We continued our journey to Middle Moat and reached the summit in just 20 minutes after leaving South Moat. Again, wonderful views from the summit and not a soul in sight.

11:30 am
If you remember I mentioned that this was going to be an “Up and Back”, but if I look over at the Red Ridge trail I can see it is mostly open and solid. Maybe that would be an easier descent compared to going back off South Moat. It isn’t that much further in hiking distance, but of course we don’t have a care at the other end. But I convinced Gudi we could call an Uber to bring us back to our car. So off we went. I must admit descending the Ridge Trail was indeed good for this guy’s old knees.

OK, so now we completed our through hike and ended up in the parking lot of Diana’s Bath. What a great hike on a wonderful late summer day. But now we are 10+ miles from our car! First things first, download the Uber App. Yes, this is the first time we will try using an Uber and guess what we get? “No Cars Available”! Wonderful, so we decide to hitchhike. I put Gudi up front, hoping they are more likely to stop for her than me. Nope- but then again how many people pick up hitch hikers – in the middle of a pandemic!! Now I’m in trouble. So after about 30 minutes of trying we started walking and hitching – only got about 50 feet down the road and a car begins to slow! Saved by “Trail Magic”. The woman was returning from a day’s hike in Maine, saw our packs and figured we needed a ride back to the car. Sure enough she dropped us off at our car, accepted no gas money. “Nope – this is Trail Magic” she said, “I’ve needed it in the past myself”. And with that she drove off!
What a day!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3265 ft / 995 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Blue sky few puffy clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3265 ft / 995 m
    Distance:8.8 mi / 14.2 km
    Route:Moat Mtn - Red Ridge Trails
    Start Trailhead:Passaconaway Rd  -505 ft / -153 m
    Time:6 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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