Ascent of Kiasticuticus Peak on 2014-05-11

Climber: Paul Blanchette

Date:Sunday, May 11, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kiasticuticus Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2618 ft / 797 m

Ascent Trip Report

Nice sunny day with wind and since it is May and buggy, that was nice. The White Dot trail is heavily traveled so took the Cascade Line trail at the fork to eventually get to Pumpelly trail and Town Line peak. It was a much more peaceful path. (note: peak is off the trail, it is not far) The path to Monadnock and the peak itself was full of people but it was a beautiful day and many families were up there coming from many different trails and that was great to see. Took a quick hike down to Dublin peak (also not on the trail) and back up to take the Summit trail to Monte Rosa. Wanted to get to Bald rock (Kiasticuticus)so had to climb back up the Summit trail to take Amphitheatre trail. Unfortunately the sign is not there on the Summit trail, instead it has a spot with a name Black "something" (I forget the second part of the name). The other end of the trail where it meets the Smith trail it has the sign for Ampitheatre. Continued to Bald Rock and it has the other name carved into it. Hedgehog trail down (very steep) and eventually to the Halfway house road and on to Parker trail to the car. Did take a little detour to Little Mountain (not on trail). Every peak has great views and was a great hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:418 ft / 127 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1118 ft / 340 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:418 ft / 127 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 168 ft / 51 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Loss on way in:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Summit to Amphitheatre to Smith
    Start Trailhead:Dip below Monte Rosa  2450 ft / 746 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:868 ft / 264 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Hedgehog to Side Foot and Service road
    End Trailhead:Service road and Parker trail start point  1750 ft / 533 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: grand monadnock

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Town Line Peak2014-05-11 a1524 ft / 465 m
2Mount Monadnock2014-05-11 b400 ft / 122 m
3Dublin Peak2014-05-11 c31 ft / 9 m
4Monte Rosa2014-05-11 d150 ft / 46 m
5Kiasticuticus Peak2014-05-11 e418 ft / 127 m
6Little Mountain2014-05-11 f31 ft / 9 m
Total Trip Gain: 2554 ft / 778 m    Total Trip Loss: 2554 ft / 778 m

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