Ascent of South Moat Mountain on 2015-07-05

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, July 5, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Moat Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2760 ft / 841 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did this one on a whim, but it was well worth it!

The Moat Mountain Trail started by following a relocation around logging slash, then crossed a skid road and resumed its normal ascent, blazed in yellow. The trail followed old woods roads for a distance, with some PUDs thrown in for good measure :roll: . It then made a sharp left turn and began climbing. After a moderately steep pitch, I came to some neat shrubby rock outcrops, which reminded me of Pawtuckaway SP a little. Some easy hiking here and there, and then I came to a steep and rough pitch which marked where the bulk of the vertical gain would be (trailhead was at 650 ft; topped out at 2,800 ft; 200 ft. of reverse gain). Fortunately, the ledgy goodness got better as I climbed. It was on this steep section that I ran into Beckie and Prema. Did not expect to see them here, so it was a pleasant surprise :) .

The first set of open ledges didn't have much for views, but after I ducked into the woods for a bit, I came out onto more open ledge with views to the south. Not long after, I reached the rocky, jutting cleft that was the summit of 2,780 ft. South Moat Mountain. Open rock top, 360 degree views, and a nice breeze! After a few, I headed over to Middle Moat Mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2200 ft / 670 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2200 ft / 670 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:Moat Mountain Trail
    Start Trailhead:Passaconaway Rd.  560 ft / 170 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: S/Mid. Moat

Complete Trip Sequence:
1South Moat Mountain2015-07-052200 ft / 671 m
2Middle Moat Mountain2015-07-05350 ft / 107 m
Total Trip Gain: 2550 ft / 778 m    Total Trip Loss: 300 ft / 91 m

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