Ascent of Hedgehog Mountain on 2013-07-16

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hedgehog Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2532 ft / 771 m

Ascent Trip Report

My father and I originally decided to hike Potash Mtn, but when we got to the water crossing, it was rather difficult, and we could not find a place to cross, nor did we want to take off our boots and socks and wade across, so we headed back to the trailhead and decided to hike Hedgehog Mtn, a 2,532 ft. peak on the 52 with a View list. Next time I attempt Potash, I'll take the logging road to bypass the crossing.

The UNH trail started out on an old railroad grade and, after 0.2 mile, turned right and had an easy/moderate grade, passing by a clearcut. At 0.8 mile, we came to a fork with the relocation. We decided to do the loop counter-clockwise.

The trail from here had a moderate, pushing toward steep, grade to Allen's Ledge, which had good views over the Kanc. We then headed up the trail to the summit, which had a similar grade and had a higher-up feel because of the way the trees looked. We then emerged onto the summit ledges, which had great views into the Sandwich Range.

We continued down the loop, which was steep in parts, to the east ledges, which had the best views of all. From here, the trail reentered the woods and had an easy to moderate grade, going uphill in parts, to the trail junction 0.8 mi from the TH.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1450 ft / 441 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1450 ft / 441 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:UNH Trail
    Start Trailhead:Downes Brook Trail parking lot  1082 ft / 329 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:UNH Trail
    End Trailhead:Downes Brook Trail parking lot  

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