Ascent of Rose Mountain on 2018-04-08

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, April 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rose Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1720 ft / 524 m

Ascent Trip Report

In my quest to discover unknown local hikes this spring, I found another gem! This one has great views in all directions from two summits! Finding the trailhead was a bit tricky because it is extremely hard to see. It is about 0.3 miles north of the height-of-land on Mountain Road; look for the telephone pole on the left with a clear trail heading up into the woods. There is not much room to park, but you can pull far enough off the road. The trail is not marked in any way for the first 0.3 miles. It goes up a small incline, descends to cross a bridge, begins climbing again, then finally arrives at something letting you know you have found "Helen's Trail". There is a map (not a very good one) of the loop over the Pinnacle and the snowmobile trail to Rose Mountain. I chose to ascend the left fork of the loop. There was a surprising amount of snow when we were there, but it was very easy to follow. It was a quick and moderate climb to the summit of the Pinnacle, where we found very limited views to the east. We followed the path continuing straight (rather than turning right onto the main route) and it brought us to a cleared viewpoint of Joe English Hill. Both paths rejoin at the northwestern knob, where there are much better views. The snowmobile trail to Rose Mountain starts here. It descends quickly and then seems to turn in the wrong direction, but it gets there eventually. There are a few other woods roads taking off from the main one, but it is pretty easy to tell which way is right if you have a map. Along the way, there is a spur up to a small knob known as Lydeborough Mountain. We went up to check it out, but there was nothing to see. The section that climbs up Rose is obnoxiously long, as you can see from the GPS track. We chose to just bushwhack straight on the way down, which was much nicer. The summit of Rose has great views of Mt. Monadnock, the Wapack Range, and other areas, but it is very broad and takes lots of exploring to find all the best spots.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:960 ft / 292 m
    Total Elevation Loss:960 ft / 292 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:700 ft / 213 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 460 ft / 140 m; Extra: 240 ft / 73m
    Loss on way in:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Helen's Tr/Snowmobile Tr
    Start Trailhead:Mountain Road  1260 ft / 384 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:720 ft / 219 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 460 ft / 140 m; Extra: 260 ft / 79m
    Gain on way out:260 ft / 79 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Helen's Tr/Snowmobile Tr
    End Trailhead:Mountain Road  1260 ft / 384 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Rose Mtn & The Pinnacle

Complete Trip Sequence:
1The Pinnacle2018-04-08 a 
2Lyndeborough Mountain2018-04-08 b 
3Rose Mountain2018-04-08 c960 ft / 293 m
Total Trip Gain: 960 ft / 293 m    Total Trip Loss: 960 ft / 293 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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