Ascent of Stairs Mountain on 2016-10-15

Climber: Map Man

Date:Saturday, October 15, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Stairs Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3468 ft / 1057 m

Ascent Trip Report

I climbed Mt. Resolution and Stairs Mountain and made a return visit to Mt. Crawford. Foliage was past peak in Crawford Notch, but was still pretty good. I started out on the Davis Path at 9:30. After the steady climb at the beginning, I decided to skip Mt. Crawford for now and head straight for Resolution. The trail along the ridge was fairly easy and very scenic, passing over lots of ledges with views back to Crawford. As I walked across the side of Crawford Dome, I wondered how far away the summit was. It looks like it is just an easy walk over ledges; I will have to return sometime. The trail along the side of Resolution was easy as well and seems to pass just under a huge slide area. Turning onto Mt. Parker Trail, it gets steeper. There are many open ledges with excellent views on the way. I set my pack down on the south ledges and headed toward the summit. I initially followed a faint herd path, but it quickly faded out and I had to push through very thick, brushy fir trees. I managed to move at the alarming speed of 0.6 miles an hour, but eventually I emerged on viewless ledges a few yards to the east of the summit (which I didn't bother to touch) and found my way to an excellent northern outlook, where there were views of the Presidentials over Stairs Mountain, the Carter Range, and the Conway area. I then returned to the main viewpoint to enjoy it for a while.

The hike up to Stairs Mountain was not too difficult. There was only a short steep section on the climb to the spur path. The viewpoint atop the Giant Stairs is very nice. I like it better than Resolution, but Crawford is my favorite. The drop from the cliff is impressive. On the way back, I stopped at Mt. Crawford for half an hour.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3618 ft / 1102 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3618 ft / 1101 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3068 ft / 935 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2468 ft / 753 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Loss on way in:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Davis Path (with side trip to Resolution on Mt. Pa
    Start Trailhead:Davis Path Parking  1000 ft / 304 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3018 ft / 919 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2468 ft / 753 m; Extra: 550 ft / 167m
    Gain on way out:550 ft / 167 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Davis Path (with side trip to Crawford)
    End Trailhead:Davis Path Parking  1000 ft / 304 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Resolution, Stairs, and Crawford

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Resolution - South Summit2016-10-15 a 
2Mount Resolution2016-10-15 b 
3Stairs Mountain2016-10-15 c3618 ft / 1103 m
4Mount Crawford2016-10-15 d 
Total Trip Gain: 3618 ft / 1103 m    Total Trip Loss: 3618 ft / 1103 m
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