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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Mt. Rowe
Gilford, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Ridge Trail
Looking down the Ridge Trail

Route: Ridge Trail

Lower Ridge Trail (aka Try Me Trail aka access road) had not been plowed after Wednesday's storm, so there was a few inches of snow with a crust up to around the ski jump turnoff. Above there, it had been groomed prior to Wednesday's storm, so similar conditions, but with more base. Very top portion below the tower had been groomed yesterday (via Alpine Ridge ski XC ski trails).

I continued along the ridge toward Gunstock for a sunrise perspective (not much of a display due to clouds). Lots of snow from drifting - probably 3-4 feet deep.

I wore snowshoes roundtrip and found them to be ideal. I don't think the ridge itself would be much fun without them right now!

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Rowe
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, March 1, 2013
Parking Elevation: 935'
Destination: Mt. Rowe
Time Elapsed: 00:26
Trailhead Elevation: 935'
Summit Elevation: 1,680'
Vertical Gain: 745'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:12
Hike Vertical Gain: 765'

The Ridge Trail trailhead
The Ridge Trail trailhead

The sunrise from the south ridge of Mt. Rowe - Click to enlarge
The sunrise from the south ridge of Mt. Rowe

Topographic map of Mt. Rowe

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 11A to Gunstock entrance, parking lot near the base lodge of the ski area. Trailhead is on the other side of the base lodge, near the skateboard park.

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