Ascent of Cherry Mountain on 2021-01-01

Climber: Map Man

Date:Friday, January 1, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cherry Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3554 ft / 1083 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the first time I'd ever done a New Years Day hike! Having the day off, we decided to drive north and hike Cherry Mountain with some friends. The parking lot was nearly full when we arrived, signaling that this was a very popular day to go hiking (by the time we ended the hike, there were seven cars parked on the side of the road). There was not too much of a solid base of snow, maybe six inches in places, but it was enough to completely cover the ground and make it winter. The trail was well-packed down and there was no need for traction. This was our first time trying this approach to the summit, and it was a nice route for winter. It's a very direct route, but not terribly steep. The trail angles across a sharp slope at one point above Carter Brook, but it wasn't slippery at all. The views from the summit were excellent. The Presidential looked very frosty. From the southern viewpoint, we saw a strange mist settled in the valleys. We headed down Martha's Mile over to Owl's Head. The scramble up to the cliffs was a bit dicey with the ice, but we made it up without too much effort. We took a long break on the cliffs, enjoying the view and talking with guidebook author Ken MacGray, who was at the viewpoint when we arrived. We finished the hike at around 1:30, and headed over to Cherry Pond later in the afternoon.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2501 ft / 761 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2501 ft / 762 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1891 ft / 576 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Cherry Mtn Trail
    Start Trailhead:Rt. 115  1663 ft / 506 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2501 ft / 762 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1891 ft / 577 m; Extra: 610 ft / 185m
    Gain on way out:610 ft / 185 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Martha's Mile (side trip) Cherry Mtn Trail
    End Trailhead:Rt. 115  1663 ft / 506 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Cherry Mtn New Years

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cherry Mountain2021-01-01 a2501 ft / 762 m
2Cherry Mountain-Owlshead2021-01-01 b 
Total Trip Gain: 2501 ft / 762 m    Total Trip Loss: 2501 ft / 762 m
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