Ascent of Stinson Mountain on 2013-01-26

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, January 26, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stinson Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2840 ft / 865 m

Ascent Trip Report

Upon arriving at the Stinson Mountain Trail trailhead and getting going, I found that the trail was moderately used and was also a cross-country skiing spot. The mountain was in a Forest Protection Area-no camping within 200 ft of rivers and streams.

The trail gently ascended on an old road for a while, passing by what appeared to be a riverbed. It then veered away from the riverbed and started climbing next to a ravine. Shortly after, I emerged onto a snowmobile trail; the main trail turned left and overlapped with the snowmobile trail for a short distance and then diverged right, marked by a sign.

After the sign, the trail's grade picked up a little, but it was nothing too bad. A gentleman and his dog passed me right after the sign and near the summit; them and a couple snowmobilers would be the only trail users I would see all day.

There were some nice restricted views off the trail, and soon after them, the trail switchbacked up the upper slopes for a couple tenths of a mile. After the switchbacks, it curved upward to an area that reminded me of the terrain I would see on a 4,000 footer. I also saw a snowmobiler descending the mountain through the trees. About 100 yards from the summit, the trail once again overlapped with the snowmobile trail, which made a woodsy loop around the summit area; going right or left would take you to the summit- I went right.

I followed the snowmobile trail, which turned right and emerged onto a rocky clearing with an old fire tower base and a spectacular view toward Squam Lake and Tenney Mountain, with many other peaks in view. There was also a very obstructed view toward some higher peaks over the trees. I didn't know this when I hiked it, but Stinson is on the 52 with a View list, and it definitely deserves to be.

After biting into a rock-hard breakfast bar and sipping from a freezing water bottle, I decided to head back down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1400 ft / 426 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Stinson Mountain Trail
    Trailhead:Stinson Mtn trailhead  1440 ft / 438 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Frigid, Breezy, Partly Cloudy

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