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Ascent of Middle Mountain on 2012-10-18

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Thursday, October 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Middle Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1857 ft / 566 m

Ascent Trip Report

A point-to-point leisurely trail hike over 4 Peaks on a sunny colorful fall day ...... 10.4 miles, 6h45 including all breaks.

I decided to take advantage of a super sunny day by hiking over 4 Peaks in the Green Hills Preserve east of North Conway. I did point-to-point hike with Rose's support .... she dropped me off in the morning, spent the day shopping and picked me up at the other end, as usual she got there well of out rendezvous time.

From the corner of Hwy 302/Artist Falls Road in North Conway (1768 Country Inn on corner) we drove north on Artist Falls Road (crossed under RR tracks) for .43 miles to a right on Thomson Road, then .25 miles to the TH Parking for Budding Pond Conservation Area. Rose dropped me off.

An excellent trail map for the whole Green Hills Preserve is available at the Kiosk at .2 miles from this TH. All trails are well-blazed/easy to follow, signed at all junctions and moderate for the most part, except for the odd short/steep section.

I met numerous people on the trails, mostly vacationers here for the fall colors, among them Martha .... a local resident who climbs one peak every morning before going to work. She plans to do the AT next year. She didn't know about the PB site, so I suggested she check it out.

The colors were at their peak today, and with the sun it made for the ideal day for the mountains. The Green Hills Preserve is one of the nicer areas for the fall colors. Great views on all the summits. I just love the leaf-covered trails.
I got a nice collection of photos.

MIDDLE MOUNTAIN
From the Thomson Road TH I followed the Middle Mountain Trail 2.1 miles to its mostly open summit.

PEAKED MOUNTAIN
From the summit of Middle Mountain I descended .8 miles to the Peaked Mountain trail junction, a right here took me .5 miles to the open summit.

BLACK CAP
From Peaked Mountain I descended north .6 miles to the Black Cap Connector Trail, where I turned right and ascended eastbound, over a few bumps, 2.9 miles to the summit ..... 5 different groups (up from the north-side TH on Hurricane Mountain Road) were enjoying the colorful view, one couple was up from New Jersey .... we chatted a bit, I informed him that I'll be going to New Jersey next month for some County High Pointing.
I had my lunch break before moving on to Cranmore.

CRANMORE MPUNTAIN
From Black Cap I took a short side trip to Cranmore, I descended .4 miles north to the Cranmore Trail junction, then west 1.2 miles to its summit, passing 2 cyclists going eastbound (trails are multi-use) ...... a typical ski hill summit.

I backtracked east to the trail junction then descended north to the TH Parking on Hurricane Mountain Road (located 2.6 miles east of the road intersection Hurricane Mountain Road/Kearsarge Road). The Parking is for about 12 cars and it was practically full.
Rose had been waiting for an hour, which is always the case. I was glad to hear she didn't spend too much money ????? she couldn't find what she was looking for !!!! phew.

The following morning I bought a pair of Keen "Ketchum" boots at the Bootlegger's Footwear Center, before leaving North Conway for the long wet drive home.

"I SEE SKIES OF BLUE, AND CLOUDS OF WHITE,
THE BRIGHT BLESSED DAY, THE DARK SACRED NIGHT.
AND I THINK TO MYSELF, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD." ..... Louis Armstrong

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1317 ft / 401 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
beautiful sunny day for the fall colors
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1317 ft / 401 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:middle mountain trail eb from thompson road
    Start Trailhead:pudding pond TH on thomson road  540 ft / 164 m
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Route:middle/peaked trails nb to Peaked Mountain
Ascent Part of Trip: middle 1

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Middle Mountain2012-10-18 a1317 ft / 401 m
2Peaked Mountain2012-10-18 b439 ft / 134 m
3Black Cap2012-10-18 c1439 ft / 439 m
4Cranmore Mountain2012-10-18 d440 ft / 134 m
Total Trip Gain: 3635 ft / 1108 m    Total Trip Loss: 607 ft / 185 m



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