Ascent of Potash Mountain on 2012-10-27

Climber: Jeffrey McLean

Others in Party:Elizabeth
Date:Saturday, October 27, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Potash Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2680 ft / 816 m

Ascent Trip Report

Originally planned to be a night hike up Indian Head, but with Hurricane Sandy bearing down we had to make a change. I was expecting Potash to be very similar to Hedgehog but it's not at all. After the water crossing you climb very moderately through hemlock forest. It's relatively wide open, but not so well marked. In the fall with fresh leaves on the ground it was actually kind of difficult in places to spot the trail. A little while after crossing a logging road you'll see a clear cut area down hill to the right. Once you get about even with the end of the clear cut you'll switch out of the hemlock and into a pine forest. This is where the trail will begin to get a bit steeper, but nothing unmanageable. The first ledge has an awesome view of hedgehog up to Chocorua across the valley. From the view through the rest of the trail is about the same steepness with some ledges and views all along the way. When the trail kicks right you'll have on last real steep scramble up to the summit where the views open to the north, west, and somewhat south. The summit area is wide, so even on busy days you'll still be able to find a place to yourself. Found some fire circles in a few places so it appears people have been camping up here. There are a lot of trails to explore around the summit as well, but we didn't have much time to wander. Ran in to a nice man at the summit who snapped some photos for us, and another group on the way up as we were descending. Other than that it was pretty quiet out there.
Summary Total Data
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
warm, clear

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