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23 July 2016

Alternative Bushwhack Route to Mt. Tremont's East Peak

INTRODUCTION:

There's a little 2,600 ft bump at the east end of Mt. Tremont which has no hiking trail leading to it.  It has no official name, but I affectionately call it "Tremont East Peak".  I had bushwhacked to this location one other time (May 2013) using an approach route that began from Bear Notch Road.  Over the past several months, I've wondered how it might be to use a different approach by bushwhacking off the Mt. Tremont Trail.  Well, with my July 2016 trek, I finally got that out of my system!

It can be reported that both approaches to 'Tremont East Peak' are okay.  But, in my opinion, the approach from Bear Notch Road is preferable.  The overall route is slightly shorter (2.0 miles vs. 2.3 miles for Tremont Trail approach), and it has some intangible quality that simply makes it a more pleasant hike.

Below is a map which shows the routes used in July 2016 and in May 2013 (Click HERE to read my blog posting about my May 2013 trek.)
Map showing bushwhack routes to Tremont East Peak in May 2013, and July 2016.
Photo shows Tremont East Peak.  It was taken during my previous trek (May 2013) from a clearing along my approach route from Bear Notch Road.  (No similar view is available using the Mt. Tremont Trail approach.)
PHOTOS:
This photo shows a good portion of the view from Tremont East Peak.
(Prominent mountains seen in this vista include (Left to Right): Bartlett Haystack; Bear Mountain; Mt. Chocorua; Mt. Paugus)
Although this shows a vista very similar to previous photo, it is included to try to give some sense of how precarious the viewpoint openings are on Tremont East Peak.
A zoomed snapshot of Mt. Chocorua from Tremont East Peak
Further regarding the approach from Bear Notch Road that I used in May 2013,  this photo shows a segment of an old logging road used for a portion of that trek.   It demonstrates one of the reasons why I prefer that route.  (But of course, that was several years ago, and there's no guarantee that this corridor still looks like this!)
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2 comments:

  1. Hi John,

    I like the perspective you include on the comparison between 2013's hike and 2016's. After re-reading your 2013 post and looking at the photos I agree with your assessment of the "intangible quality" that makes your bushwhack of three years ago preferable to this one. Lovely photos in both posts, though!
    Even though I don't appreciate the fact that most of our forests were heavily logged, those old logging roads could make great cross-county ski corridors!

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    1. Hi Rita,

      You get extra points for reading my blog postings for BOTH my 2013 and 2016 trek to Mt. Tremont’s East Peak! :-)

      You are so right about the fact that old logging roads can oftentimes make great cross-country ski corridors. It would be terrific to ski the logging roads that I used for my 2013 trek. However, accessing them would be challenging since the roadway leading to them is closed to automobile traffic in winter months, and it becomes a busy snowmobile trail.

      Thanks so much for being a faithful follower of my blog.

      John

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