Ascent of Clark Summit on 2018-04-01

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, April 1, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clark Summit
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1560 ft / 475 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed Clark Summit and Wolf Hill on Easter. Parked at the end of Wolf Hill Road through His Mansion Ministries, where the road becomes class 6. The access road to Wolf Hill is the last road turning uphill to the right before the unmaintained portion of the road. The road goes up past several buildings and a woodpile to a power line clearing, where there is a gate. From there it is about 0.3 miles to Wolf Hill. Follow the path to the left of the cell tower past an opening in a stone wall with a sign to the view ledge, where there are three crosses and an excellent view where you can see from Monadnock to Lovewell. To continue to Clark Summit, go through the opening in the stone wall and follow the white blazed trail across the ridge. I found it was mostly pleasant and easy to follow except for one spot in the col where attention is needed to stay on the right path on the way back. Clark Summit is very rocky for a hill of its size and the views are wonderful and similar to Wolf Hill, but wider. I found a better viewpoint just below the summit with a small cliff - to find it, drop off the steep side of the summit and follow a herd path a few steps to the south out to another ledge with some pine trees. You can see much better to the south from here. Overall, this is an amazing local trek that is very unknown to hikers!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:590 ft / 179 m
    Total Elevation Loss:590 ft / 179 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:430 ft / 131 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 270 ft / 82 m; Extra: 160 ft / 48m
    Loss on way in:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Wolf Hill Access Road/Unnamed Trail
    Start Trailhead:His Mansion Ministries  1290 ft / 393 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:430 ft / 131 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 270 ft / 82 m; Extra: 160 ft / 48m
    Gain on way out:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Unnamed Trail/Wolf Hill Access Road
    End Trailhead:His Mansion Ministries  1290 ft / 393 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Clark Summit

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Wolf Hill2018-04-01 a 
2Clark Summit2018-04-01 b590 ft / 180 m
Total Trip Gain: 590 ft / 180 m    Total Trip Loss: 590 ft / 180 m

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