Ascent of Town Line Peak on 2016-01-03

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, January 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Town Line Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2874 ft / 875 m

Ascent Trip Report

From my parking spot at the state park HQ, I took the White Dot Trail 0.7 mi to Falcon Spring, where the Cascade Link took off 0.7 mi to the Spellman Trail; that was the way I went. 1.4 mi from my car, I followed the Spellman Trail 0.6 mi to the Pumpelly Trail on the ridge. There was some decent scrambling, and I used an ice axe and crampons for a lot of it. Would be fun in summer too!

At the end of the Spellman Trail, I went north on the Pumpelly Trail about 0.1 mi to the start of a herd path to the open ledges of Town Line Peak. The summit was open, ledgy, and scrubby, with excellent views in most directions. My favorite part was the unique view of Monadnock you can't get most places. After chilling (no pun intended) a bit, I went back to the trail, then kept going north about a 1/2 mile or so, then took the Cascade Link back to the way I came up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1500 ft / 457 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1500 ft / 457 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:White Dot Trail, Cascade Link, Spellman Tr, Pumpel
    Start Trailhead:Monadnock SP HQ  1374 ft / 418 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Pumpelly, Cascade Link, White Dot
    End Trailhead:Monadnock SP HQ  

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