Ascent of Higby Mountain on 2011-06-18

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, June 18, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Higby Mountain
    Elevation:892 ft / 271 m

Ascent Trip Report

A spectacular rocky-ridge trail over two peaks, better still after the foliage ..... 3.6 miles, 2h10 hours RT for both peaks.

I started out hiking to Higby Mountain, however on the way one has to go over a spectacular sub-peak (South) that merits to be listed in the PB library. So on the return trip from Higby I identified the South highpoint added it as a provisional "Higby Mountain-South Peak" for Greg's approval. The best access to both summits is northbound on the Mattabesset Trail, from it's TH Parking on the south side of the Mountain on Hwy 66.

To get to the TH from Middleton we drove west on Hwy 66 to the intersection of 66/147 (stop light), continued west on 66 half a mile to the crest-of-the-road and the TH Parking on the right (where 66 becomes a divided Hwy).
Follow the well-signed/blue-blazed Mattabesset Trail northbound as it climbs/follows the open/rocky ridge to both summits, after the South Peak the trail drops to Preston Notch before the final climb to Higby Mountain. The best time to do this hike would be after the foliage.
I estimate the trail distances as per following, TH to South Peak .6 miles, South Peak to Higby 1.2 miles.

I chose my high spot for Higby at a rocky outcrop, GPS 41.55064, 72.74127.

"YEAH, AND IF MY AUNT HAD NUTS SHE'D BE MY UNCLE." ...... when you hear too many maybes in a discussion or argument.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:672 ft / 204 m
    Total Elevation Loss:280 ft / 85 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:672 ft / 204 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 392 ft / 119 m; Extra: 280 ft / 85m
    Loss on way in:280 ft / 85 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:mattabesset trail nb from hwy 66 TH
    Start Trailhead:hwy 66 TH  500 ft / 152 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Route:mattabesset trail sb to south peak
    End Trailhead:south peak  
    Time:30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: higby

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Higby Mountain2011-06-18 a672 ft / 205 m
2Higby Mountain-South Peak2011-06-18 b218 ft / 66 m
Total Trip Gain: 890 ft / 271 m    Total Trip Loss: 280 ft / 85 m

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