Ascent of South Moat Mountain on 2015-07-05
|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 ReportDid 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|
| 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|
|Ascent Part of Trip: S/Mid. Moat|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 2550 ft / 778 m Total Trip Loss: 300 ft / 91 m
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