Ascent of Parker Mountain on 2017-06-18

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, June 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Parker Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1400 ft / 426 m

Ascent Trip Report

I climbed Parker Mountain on a Sunday afternoon while visiting some short hikes in the area. I took the Spencer Smith Trail to the summit, which reaches a good viewpoint in just 0.3 miles. The ascent is steep and rocky initially, but becomes more gradual in some nice forest and ledges. There is a nice rocky area with decent views before the summit, while the summit itself is a viewless clearing with a huge cairn. I followed the trail 0.7 miles past the summit, as it descends through more fine ledgy areas and eventually ends at a large open ledge area with the best views. It took me a while to find the best spot to look at Bow Lake; it seems to be further down and just left of center. Overall, I found Parker to be a pleasant and rewarding mountain with its scenic forests and ledges and scattered viewpoints, even though it does not boast any single spectacular vista.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:723 ft / 220 m
    Total Elevation Loss:723 ft / 220 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:493 ft / 150 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Spencer Smith Trail
    Start Trailhead:Route 126  907 ft / 276 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:723 ft / 220 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 493 ft / 150 m; Extra: 230 ft / 70m
    Gain on way out:230 ft / 70 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Spencer Smith Trail
    End Trailhead:Route 126  907 ft / 276 m

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