Ascent of Carr Mountain on 2014-01-24

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Friday, January 24, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Carr Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3453 ft / 1052 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached Carr Mountain from the east side, starting from the trailhead on Stinson Lake Road. I followed the Three Ponds trail for half a mile, which was easy going since this was a hard-packed snowmobile trail. Then I turned left onto the Carr Mountain Trail. There was some evidence of prior winter hikers, but the few tracks looked to be days old, at least. Most of the recent hikers had bare-booted it, but snowshoes turned out to be a much better option.

After three miles of mostly gradual inclines (with some steep pitches near the top), I reached the spur path leading to the summit. I followed it, and saw the concrete footings from the old firetower. It was a cold but beautiful, sunny winter day, and the temperature was barely above zero F, if at all. I was able to peek above the trees at the summit to get a bit of a view. I recall seeing Moosilauke, the Franconia Range, Mt. Washington, and various other peaks and ranges as well.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2093 ft / 637 m
    Route:Carr Mountain Trail
    Trailhead:Stinson Lake Road TH  1360 ft / 414 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Frigid, Breezy, Clear

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