Ascent of Moose Mountain on 2017-05-28

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, May 28, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Moose Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1749 ft / 533 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked a long loop to tour the Forest Society's Moose Mountains Reservation on a nice Sunday afternoon. I began on Burrows Farm Trail and forked onto North Trail to Beauty Ledge Trail. The first two trails were grassy roads and I found quite a few ticks while walking through. Beauty Ledge Trail was steep, and a bit hard to follow but nice overall. There were several wildflowers along the path. Beauty Ledge was very nice, and although the view was rather boring and looked out over completely flat terrain, it was the best of the day. On the way back, I walked right past a fearless deer sitting casually at the summit.

To ascend Moose Mountain, I followed the Moose Mountain Trail, another old road, this one with very poor footing. It ended in a pitch pine forest which was interesting. Lots of ledges but no view. A snowmobile trail extended the path to the top of the summit ridge, where it appeared to dead-end. I turned left and headed through the woods along the ridge with the aid of the Garmin GPS. Yes, I know I should be using a map and compass, but until I learn some more about bushwhacking, the GPS provides a convenient method for venturing short distances off-trail. The woods were fairly open for most of the ridge, and I had to climb around a small cliff band just before reaching the summit. I finally arrived at the sloping ledge viewpoint and sadly found that I could not see the Belknap Range as I had hoped. Instead, it was just another view of flat terrain.

On the way down, I took the loop trail to Phoebes Nable Mountain, which first followed another old road into a field past a farm site, then took an extremely roundabout course to the summit. This trail was recently created and is very nice, although as I said, is much longer than necessary. After checking out yet another view of flat terrain, I continued on the loop trail as it descended to the parking lot. Overall, it was a nice trip, but I think that the casual visitor to the Moose Reservation will find that a trip to either Beauty Ledge OR Phoebes Nable is quite sufficient.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1929 ft / 587 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1929 ft / 587 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.1 mi / 11.4 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1629 ft / 496 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1079 ft / 329 m; Extra: 550 ft / 167m
    Loss on way in:550 ft / 167 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Burrows Farm Tr/Side trip to Beauty Ledge/Moose Mt
    Start Trailhead:End of New Portsmouth Road  670 ft / 204 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1379 ft / 420 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1079 ft / 329 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Bushwhack/Moose Mtn Trail/Pheobes Nable Loop
    End Trailhead:End of New Portsmouth Road  670 ft / 204 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Moose Reservation

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Beauty Ledge2017-05-28 a 
2Moose Mountain2017-05-28 b1929 ft / 588 m
3Phoebes Nable Mountain2017-05-28 c 
Total Trip Gain: 1929 ft / 588 m    Total Trip Loss: 1929 ft / 588 m
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