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North Bald Cap
Success, NH

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

Route: Logging roads, bushwhack

Logging roads and woods were dry and quite dusty (lots of pollen).

From where we parked at 1,850 feet (northwest of the peak), we took a left onto another logging road, dead ending at a landing at about 2,020 feet. The regrowth above it is initially unsavory due to prickers. On the descent, we stayed alongside the brook, which hadn't been logged and was relatively open woods.

Above the logged area, the woods were generally open (hardwoods and then softwoods; the logging road on the USGS map is still there and possibly viable), transitioning into ledges. Fantastic views of the Kilkenny Ridge, Presidentials, and Evans Notch.

The recognized highpoint was a very short, but somewhat scrappy bushwhack from the ledges.

We then bushwhacked to some of the eastern ledges, which also had great views (Success, Old Speck). From there we could also see the back up plan still was unsavory (going in from the logging east of the peak, which I had gone through to get to the Mahoosuc Trail a few years back) due to regrowth and slash.

Overall, a very nice peak. Amazing there isn't a trail to the ledges.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: North Bald Cap
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, May 25, 2015
Parking Elevation: 1,850'
Destination: North Bald Cap
Time Elapsed: 01:02
Trailhead Elevation: 1,850'
Summit Elevation: 2,893'
Vertical Gain: 1,093'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:34
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,143'

The logging road prior to the pulled culvert
The logging road prior to the pulled culvert

Looking at the Carter-Moriah and Presidential Ranges from the southern North Bald Cap ledges - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Carter-Moriah and Presidential Ranges from the southern North Bald Cap ledges

Topographic map of North Bald Cap

Directions to trailhead: From Success Pond Road outside of Berlin, we turned onto the logging road located between the Success Outlook and North Bald Cap (sign on Success Pond Road for Shelburne Trail), then took an immediate right onto another logging road (the latter not recommended for cars). We parked near the water crossing at about 1,850 feet (bridge/culvert has been pulled).

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