Ascent of North Doublehead on 2017-08-16

Climber: Map Man

Date:Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Doublehead
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3053 ft / 930 m

Ascent Trip Report

After hiking (Middle) Black Mountain in the morning, I drove to the Doubleheads under clearing skies for another 52WAV. I parked at the Ski Trail trailhead and walked up the road to the New Path. The New Path started out pretty easy, but once it crossed a forested ledge, it changed quickly. The majority of the climb to South Doublehead was on a horrendously steep and eroded path. If you're looking for a challenge, this trail will definitely give it to you, but I personally think that the loose gravel footing is worth avoiding by everyone. The Old Path or Ski Trail offer a much more pleasurable hike to the Doubleheads.

I first followed the spur path to the south to the first outlook. The sign at the junction mistakenly identifies it as the summit. I found a nice, open rocky clearing with excellent views over the Conway valley to the Moats and many ranges beyond. The viewpoint further down offered a good view to the more secluded region to the east, including Mountain Pond, the Baldfaces, and Eastman Mountain. These were definitely a worthwhile side trip. I went back to the junction and continued up to the summit, where I found the prime viewpoint. The huge ledge here has a sweeping view from Conway across to the Carters. This spot has an excellent view of Mt. Washington's southern ridges as well as Carter Notch.

The descent to the col was quick and easy; the climb to North Doublehead was fairly steep. I found the spur to the viewpoint behind the cabin on the far right side. The viewpoint looked out to the northeast and was very limited. On the way down, I located the hard-to-find herd path to the western viewpoint (it is at a turn in a steep section of the trail, below the more obvious herd path closer to the summit). The viewpoint was better than the one at the summit, but it was much inferior to the huge ledge on South Doublehead. I would recommend skipping the north peak and visiting just South Doublehead via Old Path, which is far easier than New Path.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1933 ft / 588 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1933 ft / 588 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1833 ft / 558 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1573 ft / 479 m; Extra: 260 ft / 79m
    Loss on way in:260 ft / 79 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:New Path/Old Path
    Start Trailhead:Dundee Road  1480 ft / 451 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1673 ft / 509 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1573 ft / 479 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Old Path/Ski Trail
    End Trailhead:Dundee Road  1480 ft / 451 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Doubleheads

Complete Trip Sequence:
1South Doublehead2017-08-16 b 
2North Doublehead2017-08-16 c1933 ft / 589 m
Total Trip Gain: 1933 ft / 589 m    Total Trip Loss: 1933 ft / 589 m
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