Ascent of Belknap Mountain on 2011-10-29

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Saturday, October 29, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Belknap Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2382 ft / 726 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked before the gate on Carriage Rd. and walked the road to the upper parking lot.

The road was steep in parts, and to make matters worse, portions of it were covered in snow and ice. The walk up the road was scenic, though. It passed over waterfalls and by the slopes of Piper Mountain. As the upper parking lot came into view, the mountain was almost completely covered in snow.

Took the Green Trail up after stopping at the lot and reading the side of the shack before the trail. This trail was kind of steep, and having to walk on snow, ice, and slippery rocks didn't help. The trail passed under power lines and took detours around them, with a few good viewpoints along the way. A few shacks came into view, and the fire tower and communications tower eventually did also.

The fire tower's steps were a little icy, but it didn't matter. The views from the top of the tower were amazing. I could see Lake Winnipesaukee, some of the Whites, and (I think) Mt. Washington.

Went back down to the truck after taking a food and water break and getting some video and pictures.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1200 ft / 365 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1200 ft / 365 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, partly cloudy, breezy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1200 ft / 365 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Carriage Rd & Green Trail
    Start Trailhead:Carriage Rd lower parking lot  1182 ft / 360 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1200 ft / 365 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Green Trail & Carriage Rd
    End Trailhead:Carriage Rd lower parking lot  1182 ft / 360 m

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