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Mt. Prospect
Holderness, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the icy trail to Mt. Prospect
Looking down the icy trail to Mt. Prospect

Route: Unknown trail

Since the afternoon weather was cloudy with snow flurries, I opted to not bother with a sunset hike attempt. Instead, I headed over to Mt. Prospect for a jog. Wanting to shake things up a bit, I decided to look for a trail from Prospect Ridge Road.

Starting on thus mostly unmarked trail, it dropped steeply down to a brook crossing, then gradually worked its way over to the main trail from Mt. Prospect Road. Though starting at a higher elevation, the trail was probably not much of a time or vertical saver. Nonetheless, it had a decent footbed for jogging.

About halfway up the main trail, the trail bed was suddenly filled with thick blue ice. Despite putting on Microspikes, the ice wasn't savely navigated. Thusly, I had to give up jogging and instead bushwhack along the side of the trail. Fortunately, the trail was much less icy above the first viewpoint (which was socked in due to the flurries).

Having lost a lot of time due to the ice conditions, I wasn't able to explore a potentially more direct route to Prospect Ridge Road for the descent. Nonetheless, I was able to make it out just prior to needing a headlamp.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Prospect
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Moderate (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, December 16, 2010
Hike Commenced: 3:14 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,150'
Destination: Mt. Prospect
Ascent Commenced: 3:14 PM
Summit Reached: 3:48 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:34
Trailhead Elevation: 1,150'
Summit Elevation: 2,064'
Vertical Gain: 974'
Hike Ended: 4:28 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:14
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,034'


The trailhead at the end of Prospect Ridge Road
The trailhead at the end of Prospect Ridge Road

Looking over the Squam Range toward the lakes from the southeastern Mt. Prospect viewpoint - Click to enlarge
Looking over the Squam Range toward the lakes from the southeastern Mt. Prospect viewpoint

Topographic map of Mt. Prospect - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: From Meredeth, take Route 25 west, then take a right onto Route 175 north. Just prior to the 175A junction, take a right onto Mt. Prospect Road. A few minutes later, take a right onto Prospect Ridge Road. There is a small paved turnaround at the top of this road, with a path starting at a concrete cap.

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