Ascent of Mount Hibbard on 2017-08-06

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, August 6, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hibbard
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2920 ft / 890 m

Ascent Trip Report

After hiking Eastman Mountain in the morning, I headed south later in the afternoon to get another 52WAV done. I started from Ferncroft, where there was plenty of parking due to the late hour. I headed up the Old Mast Road and quickly turned off onto the Wonalancet Range Trail, which did some crazy switchbacks to get up the bank above a brook. This trail was very bouldery and tough going. Near the first junction, there are some extremely steep pitches. I took the route over Mt. Wonalancet because I thought it would be more exciting than Hibbard and I was right. There is a large, sloping ledge that has a nice view over to Mt. Chocorua and the Ossipee Range. Unfortunately, the trail does a lot of extra steep climbing to get up to the viewless summit, then descends 200 feet instead of going around. The climb to Hibbard was short past the junction with the shortcut trail, thankfully, since it was getting late. The Hibbard viewpoint is small, and looks over Wonalancet out to the Lakes Region. It is at the top of a large and somewhat dangerous cliff. I checked out the actual summit, but it does not have a view. On the way down, I took the shortcut trail, which was actually very narrow and tricky.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1940 ft / 591 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1940 ft / 590 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1940 ft / 591 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1740 ft / 531 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Wonalancet Range Trail
    Start Trailhead:Ferncroft  1180 ft / 359 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1740 ft / 530 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Wonalancet Range Trail
    End Trailhead:Ferncroft  1180 ft / 359 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Wonalancet-Hibbard

Complete Trip Sequence:
2Mount Wonalancet2017-08-06 b 
2Mount Hibbard2017-08-06 c1940 ft / 591 m
Total Trip Gain: 1940 ft / 591 m    Total Trip Loss: 1940 ft / 591 m
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