Ascent of Hedgehog Mountain on 2010-02-14

Climber: Tony Rachupka

Others in Party:Anne
Date:Sunday, February 14, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hedgehog Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2532 ft / 771 m

Ascent Trip Report

Written by Anne:

On Valentine's Day, Angel of Death (Tony), our friend Kae, and myself started out at about noon. During the the drive up from Boston, the sky was cloudy and gray, so we didn't expect too many views.

The trail was well packed, so snowshoes were not needed (yes, this time I carried my own!). We had on Microspikes, but Kae only had YakTrak. As we got closer to the ledges and the grade increased, there were several very pretty frozen streams that crossed or came near the trail. Kae's YakTrak were ok, but I think now she is going to run out and get a pair of Microspikes. Her footing was not as good as ours.

The trail to the East Ledges was a nice mix of the frozen streams and big boulders - it was visually a very interesting hike. The only 2 people we saw the whole day were coming back from the Ledges and warned us about a few icy spots.

By the time we got to the East Ledges, the sun had come out and the wind had picked up a bit. We had some AWESOME views (Tony took a lot of great pictures I'm sure he'll post them later). It was an a full 180 degrees. I would have loved to stay and admire the view longer, but it was too cold to linger long.

The view from Hedgehog was pretty as well, but I liked the one from the East Ledge better. The wind by this time was whipping the clouds around what I think was Mt Potash. Brr!!

The hike back was steep at first, but overall very quick and easy. We were back in the car about 3.5 hours after we left, and at Moat Mountain Brewery a short time later!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1500 ft / 457 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1500 ft / 457 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Start Trailhead:1032 ft / 314 m
Descent Statistics

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