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Mt. Success
Success, NH

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

Route: Success Trail, Mahoosuc Trail, (Mt. Success), Mahoosuc Trail, herd path, Appalachian Trail boundary cut, (Douglas DC-3 Plane Crash), Appalachian Trail boundary cut, herd path, Mahoosuc Trail, (Mt. Success), Mahoosuc Trail, Success Trail, Outlook Loop, Success Trail

Though forecasted to be a mostly sunny day, it looked like the forecast wasn't going to work out. Nonetheless, we started up the Success Trail under partly sunny skies. The ledge slabs on the trail were wet and slippery - care was needed to ascend and descend. Reaching the mud bogs, some new bog bridges had been recently installed, making passage a bit easier. Nonetheless, there were plenty of muddy gaps that made for tricky walking.

The Mahoousc Trail had some wet scramble ledges, as well as some black ice on bogwalks. Reaching the windy summit of Mt. Success, we had decent views. Heading south to the next open area, we had a glimpse of the snow on the Presidentials (otherwise engulfed in clouds).

Heading further south, we found the herd path near a boulder to the Appalachian Trail corridor, where we headed south to the remains of the 1954 DC-3 plane crash. After exploring the sacred grounds, we headed back to the trailhead, taking a detour to the very scenic Outlook Looop on the way down.

Sure enough, nearing the bottom of the trail on the forecasted mostly sunny day, it started to rain.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Mt. Success
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Very Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, October 17, 2010
Hike Commenced: 8:48 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,720'
Destination: Mt. Success
Ascent Commenced: 8:48 AM
Summit Reached: 10:38 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:50
Trailhead Elevation: 1,720'
Summit Elevation: 3,565'
Vertical Gain: 1,925'
Hike Ended: 1:38 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:50
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,280'


The Success Trail trailhead at the end of the logging road
The Success Trail trailhead at the end of the logging road

Looking at the Presidentials from south of the summit Mt. Success - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Presidentials from south of the summit Mt. Success

The remains of Northeast Airlines Flight 792 near the summit of Mt. Success
The remains of Northeast Airlines Flight 792 near the summit of Mt. Success




Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North from Gorham, NH. Take a right onto Route 16 Truck Route (Unity Street). This will become Coos Street, then Hutchins Street. Take a right onto a road with a brown OHRV sign (Success Pond Road). Head up this dirt road for around 5.4 miles (if Alder Brook Road is seen on the left, you've gone too far). A small sign will be on the right for Success Trail, a logging road at this point. As of October 2010, one could park at the end of the logging road portion of the trail in a big field (a minute or two beyond the fork where one bears right). The Success Trail proper starts at the back end of this field.

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