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15 May 2013

Cliff at East End of Mt. Tremont: Mission Accomplished!


For anyone who possibly reads my Blog on a somewhat regular basis, you might recall that about 2-weeks ago I posted a report regarding Mt. Tremont (Click HERE to view that report).  Toward the end of that report, I mentioned an aborted attempt to climb to the top of a cliff that is located at the east end of Mt. Tremont.  There was lingering Springtime snow on my approach route which was simply too deep to easily negotiate without snowshoes.

It nags at me when I fail to achieve a goal.  And so, another attempt was made to reach the cliff.  However, this time I would approach it from its south-facing side where there was a high likelihood that the mid-May sun would have melted the snow.  Some details about my route will be presented at the end of this report, but first of all, here are some photos.

Just to get you oriented, the first photo shows the cliff that was the object of my attention.
Labeled photo identifying Mt. Tremont and the cliff at its east end
Shown below is a wider view of Mt. Tremont and the cliff at its east end.  This photo was taken from a clearing along my approach route to the cliff.
Mt. Tremont and cliff at its east end (as viewed from a clearing along approach route)
The vistas from the top of the cliff exceeded my expectations!  There is a huge southeasterly view that features Bear Mountain, Mt. Chocorua, Mt. Paugus (next photo).
Southeasterly view featuring (left to right) Bear Mountain, Mt. Chocorua, Mt. Paugus
When gazing nearly due south, there is a vista that features  Mt. Passaconaway and Mt.Whiteface, as well as Square Ledge and a portion of Mt. Paugus.
Mts. Passaconaway & Whiteface, plus Square Ledge and a portion of Mt. Paugus
Looking northward, you can see the tip of Bartlett Haystack.  If you've ever bushwhacked to that mountaintop, then you can sort of envision the location of the tiny viewing ledge at the peak.
Looking northward, you can see the tip of Bartlett Haystack
The next two photos are highly-zoomed (and poor quality) images of a couple of things you can see with binoculars from this cliff at the east end of Mt. Tremont.  The first image shows the easily recognizable Mt. Chocorua.  The feature shown in the second image is not as obvious.  It shows the rocky summit area of one of the Moats (probably Middle Moat).
Highly-zoomed photo of Mt Chocorua (as viewed from cliff at Mt Tremont's east end)
Highly-zoomed photo of rocky summit of one of the mountains in the Moat Range
The next photo is simply a collage of other attractive items that were seen during my hike to the top of the cliff at Mt. Tremont's east end.
Collage of other attractive items seen during my hike
And now as promised earlier in this report, here are some details about the route that was taken.  Shown below is a map with several items that are labeled.
Map showing route that was taken (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
Please understand that the route taken on this adventure is NOT the only way to access the cliff at the east end of Mt. Tremont.  But, if you should opt to follow my route, then there are some things that should be mentioned, as follows.

For the majority of my trek, I followed old logging roads.  Shown below is a photo that shows the starting point of my route which began at a roadside pull-off along Bear Notch Road. 
Beginning of the route at the roadside pull off along Bear Notch Road
When looking at the map shown above, you'll note that shortly after leaving the roadside pull-off, I made a sharp left turn onto another logging road.  This turn is NOT at all obvious.  And actually, you'll travel several hundred feet before the corridor begins to resemble a logging road.  Your tendency will be to stay on the road that you're already on since it has a well-worn path, and it appears to be headed in the right direction.  Don't do it.  Find the turn, and head for the logging road highlighted on the map.  It gets you to higher ground and away from the muck lower down along Douglas Brook.

After finding and making the turn, the logging road corridor will eventually become apparent, and the majority of it will look like that which is shown in the next photo.  However, there are a few low-lying areas with standing water where the drainage has failed.  It's easy enough to work your way around those areas by walking alongside the road in the adjacent open woods.
Typical segment of logging road corridor en route to cliff at east end of Mt. Tremont
There is one last item to mention.  Not shown on the map are a number of side roads that branch off the main logging road, and some of them seem to be going in the direction you want to go.  The only advice I can offer is to sort of feel your way, and to stay on what appears to be the most traveled roadway.  Most likely, if a mistake is made, then it will soon become obvious before you've traveled very far along the wrong road.

To sum it up, this was a focused adventure with the single goal of reaching the top of the cliff at the east end of Mt. Tremont.  As mentioned in the title of this report, "Mission Accomplished"!  Besides achieving my goal, this trek also afforded  some insights regarding the topography and the characteristics of the nearby woods.  As a result, there are now some other ideas being considered for future off-trail adventures in this general vicinity.

6 comments:

  1. Congratulations on a successful mission, John! That's a really neat spot. Love that shot you took looking down the Douglas Brook valley to Bear and Chocorua. I used a similar approach up there a few years ago, though I think your route was better as I did get mired in the muck along the brook. Looks like the clearcut below the col, which was new when I went there, has grown up some.

    Steve

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    1. Thanks Steve!

      I recall you telling me that you had visited this location, and that the views were really nice. Your assessment was totally correct, and as indicated in my report, the vistas even exceeded my expectations!

      Other nearby locations, like Owls Cliff, and the summit of Mt. Tremont, provide some marvelous views. However, it was delightful to see that the cliff at Tremont’s east end offers some perspectives that are truly different (or unavailable) from Owls Cliff and Tremont.

      John

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  2. I'm happy to hear that you accomplished this mission! The views along the way are spectacular, as always. The beautiful blooming wildflowers and the spring green of the forest are a most welcome sight!

    Finally—even though I'll likely never hike in this area—I appreciate the way you narrate the route-finding required to access this cliff. It's always nice to find a detailed and/or alternate description about a hike to a scenic spot!

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    1. Thanks Rita for your comments, and for your congratulations to me for accomplishing my mission to hike to this cliff!

      Springtime is nice, and it seems that the wildflowers and the “spring-green” take on a special intensity in the mountains. It’s a welcome sight after the rather colorless scenery of late winter.

      John

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  3. Looks wonderful, John! That new spring growth on the trees is making me itch to get out there. Well done on the successful mission :)

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    1. Hi Ryan,

      Thanks for your kind words!

      I’ve been following your journeys via your Blog (http://www.guthookhikes.com/).
      During your recent travels down south along the Appalachian Trail, you sort of got a head start on experiencing Springtime conditions! :-)

      John

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