Ascent of Shelburne Moriah Mountain on 2017-04-14
|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 ReportThe 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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