Ascent of Straightback Mountain on 2020-09-20

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, September 20, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Straightback Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1910 ft / 582 m

Ascent Trip Report

A long afternoon loop hike with some friends on the slopes of Mt. Major and Straightback Mountain. We started from the Jesus Valley Road trailhead. Before the main hike, I ran up the Old Stage Road up to the Blueberry Pasture Trail junction for some red-lining and returned to the Jesus Valley Trail. We took that all the way up to the BRT. It was a moderate climb on a rocky ATV trail for the most part. Up on the ridge, it flattened out and passed a big swamp. We took the BRT up to Mt. Major, which was not surprisingly extremely crowded. The views were nice and clear though, and we stayed for a while. We turned back along the BRT toward Straightback across scattered ledges. A couple of us took Quarry Spur up to North Straightback for red-lining, which was surprisingly steep and difficult. We then followed Quarry Trail over to South Straightback to join the rest of our group. We enjoyed the views for a while here, then headed down Straightback Mtn Trail to complete the loop. A couple of us split off again and took the segment of Jesus Valley Trail over to the Mt. Major parking lot and were picked up by the rest of our group.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1920 ft / 584 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1920 ft / 584 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.9 mi / 12.7 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1660 ft / 505 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1180 ft / 360 m; Extra: 480 ft / 146m
    Loss on way in:480 ft / 146 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Jesus Valley Tr/BRT/Quarry Spur
    Start Trailhead:Jesus Valley Road  730 ft / 222 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1440 ft / 438 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1180 ft / 360 m; Extra: 260 ft / 79m
    Gain on way out:260 ft / 79 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route:Quarry Tr/Straightback Mtn Tr/Jesus Valley Tr
    End Trailhead:Jesus Valley Road  730 ft / 222 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Major-Straightback Loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Major2020-09-20 a 
2Straightback Mountain2020-09-20 b1920 ft / 585 m
3Straightback South2020-09-20 c 
Total Trip Gain: 1920 ft / 585 m    Total Trip Loss: 1920 ft / 585 m
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