Ascent of Birch Hill on 2013-08-07

Climber: Hockey Puck

Date:Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Birch Hill
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:821 ft / 250 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the gravel road parking area on Hayden road follow the snowmobile corridor north 500 feet and bear right at the Y intersection. The road descends along the contour line of Birch Hill crossing 2 bridges then merges with a gravel access road after 0.4 miles. Bear left ascending the moderate grade, well packed with good footing tower access road. After 0.5 miles you reach a recently cleared and logged area and the sub summit of Birch Hill as the access road merges with snowmobile corridor 501 and continues north. In another 0.1 miles you obtain your first view of the "fire tower" near the Birch Hill Summit. The "tower" is an additional 0.25 miles ahead. I put "fire tower" in quotes because once you reach the "fire tower" you soon realize it really isn't a fire tower. The structure is a cell phone radio tower disguised as a fire tower. It's an interesting feature and unique way to disguise the cell tower.

Pass the tower and follow snowmobile corridor 501 as it makes a Y turn to the right (north) for 0.15 miles through a newly clear cut logged area. From here it's a 500 foot bushwhack to the Birch Hill summit. The viewless summit has a definite distinct bump. There are no markings at the summit however 2 large white pine trees stood near the highest point.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:410 ft / 124 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:410 ft / 124 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:tower access road, snowmobile corridor, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:411 ft / 125 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics

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