Ascent of Potash Mountain on 2014-04-27

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, April 27, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Potash Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2680 ft / 816 m

Ascent Trip Report

I wanted to make a brief return to the Whites, and after driving to a few places and running into pouring rain at all of them, I chose Potash Mountain, a 2,680 ft. peak off the Kanc that my Dad and I attempted a few times. I flew solo for this one, though.

Since I knew the crossing of Downes Brook is usually difficult and that the spring melt wouldn't help, I parked 0.6 mile west of the trailhead and walked up FR 11, which still had some big patches of snow, to the Mount Potash Trail.

Once I got there, the trail kept an easy grade all the way except for a brief ledge climb near the top. Down low, there was some mud and standing water, but once the clear cut below was out of sight, the monorails started showing up! Thankfully, they were stable. About 2/3 of the way in, I came to the ledge where my Dad and I turned back, thinking it was the top. After that, there was a lot more monorail, and after those, the trail turned to wet, slippery rock, which would prove challenging to climb both going up and down. I did it, though, and once I got to the top, I took in the limited view of Mount Passaconaway and the other Sandwich Range peaks. Most normally visible mountains were blocked by clouds, but the summit of Potash itself wasn't socked-in. I took a snack, water, and view appreciation break and then carefully headed back down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1500 ft / 457 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:FR 11, Mount Potash Trail
    Trailhead:start of FR 11  1180 ft / 359 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 

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