Ascent of Shelburne Moriah Mountain on 2017-04-14

Climber: Chris Calabrese

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, April 14, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Shelburne Moriah Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3735 ft / 1138 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road to the gate IS NOT plowed (that gets you to Shelburne Trail) - This adds about 1.5 miles to the hike in both directions.

The first 2 miles past the gate is packed (from a ton of snowmobile use) but for the second 2 miles up to the ridge, the trail was untouched and I broke trail in snowshoes all day. It was as much as 5 feet deep in places. Same goes for the Kenduskeag Trail east of Shelburne Moriah. The summit was the only place on the entire hike with no snow (plus a couple ledges below it). I would expect this route is snowshoe-mandatory until at least mid-May.

The water crossings were weird too - due to the high snow, there are huge drops for each water crossing, not to mention water was high thanks to snow melt. For most of them I bushwhacked around to where there was a solid snow arch over the water to go across.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Route:Shelburne Trail / Kenduskeag Trail
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear

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