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Cape Horn, Cape Horn - East Peak
Northumberland, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Bushwhack up Cape Horn
Bushwhack up Cape Horn

Route: Logging road, bushwhack, herd path

Took the gated logging road in a westerly direction, which ended roughly around where the USGS shows it ending. Followed an older roadbed west-northwest from there, then eventually bushwhacked in open woods up to the ridge via an opening in the ledges. Some slippery leaves, probably not a great way to descend at the moment.

We then went south on the ridge along a herd path/boundary marking to the south peak with occasional views along the way. We then doubled back and followed the herd path north to the recognized summit. Excellent views north/east/south from the ledges adjacent to the highpoint.

We then followed the herd path/boundary marking north for a ways as it made its way to the eastern shelf, which has been recently logged.

We then followed the logging road, occasional minor mud, which ran just north of the ridge heading to the East Peak.

From the col, we bushwhacked in open woods to the highpoint of the East Peak, then descended back down to the logging around on its southern shoulder.

No snow or ice to deal with today, though it was snowing in Twin Mountain/Franconia Notch on the drive back. Fantastic ledge views from this peak. Would be nice to traverse it sometime.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Cape Horn
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Cape Horn - East Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, November 28, 2015
Parking Elevation: 1,395'
Destination: Cape Horn
Trailhead Elevation: 1,395'
Summit Elevation: 2,060'
Time Elapsed: 01:55
Vertical Gain: 1,105'
Destination: Cape Horn - East Peak
Trailhead Elevation: 2,060'
Summit Elevation: 1,790'
Time Elapsed: 01:09
Vertical Gain: 400'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:47
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,505'


The start of the gated logging road
The start of the gated logging road

Looking down the ridge from near the summit of Cape Horn - Click to enlarge
Looking down the ridge from near the summit of Cape Horn

An old road near the summit of the east peak
An old road near the summit of the east peak

A lack of views on the east peak - Click to enlarge
A lack of views on the east peak

Topographic map of Cape Horn, Cape Horn - East Peak


Directions to trailhead: A gated road (4WD on USGS) departs just north of the height of land on Lost Nation Road.

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