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Trip Log


Pliny Mountain
Jefferson, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The abandoned Upper Ammonoosuc Trail
The abandoned Upper Ammonoosuc Trail

Route: Upper Ammonoosuc Trail, bushwhack

Amazing what a few miles can do. We went from 2-3 feet of snow on West Field yesterday to 2-3" of snow on Pliny (subpeak of Waumbek) today.

We followed the abandoned Priscilla Brook Trail (aka Upper Ammonoosuc Trail) to the old turn arrow sign, then sort of stayed in that corridor for awhile. For the ascent, we snowshoed this portion, as there was an inch or so of crusty granular under maybe two inches of powder. Quite a few blowdowns to deal with.

We eventually headed toward the peaks adjacent to the Pliny-Pliny Minor col, angling toward Pliny. The woods had some blowdown down low, but were otherwise fairly open. Maybe 3-4" of snowpack on the recognized summit of Mt. Pliny.

From there, we headed into the col and over to the western subpeak sometimes referred to as Pliny Minor, which was reached via open woods. We had some decent views through the birch trees from the rounded summit.

For the descent, we dropped directly back down to the old trail, which was steep going without much snowpack.

Frankly, until there is more snow, I think this particular route can be done without snowshoes. Some may like having some traction so that they don't spin their wheels too much.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Pliny Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,740'
Destination: Pliny Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:56
Trailhead Elevation: 1,740'
Summit Elevation: 3,605'
Vertical Gain: 1,885'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:55
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,035'

The abandoned Upper Ammonoosuc Trail trailhead of Ingerson Road
The abandoned Upper Ammonoosuc Trail trailhead of Ingerson Road

Slight views from Pliny Mountain - Click to enlarge
Slight views from Pliny Mountain

Looking back at Pliny from Pliny Minor
Looking back at Pliny from Pliny Minor

Directions to trailhead: From the US 2 - Route 115 junction west of Randolph, take US 2 west, then take a right onto Ingerson Road. Bear left to stay on Ingerson Road at the Pond of Safety Road junction. The old Upper Ammonoosuc Trail trailhead will eventually be on the right, just before a bridge and a left turn in the road. There is limited room to park on the shoulder of the road.

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