|Pawtuckaway (South) Mtn tower|
DESTINATION: Pawtuckaway (South)
ELEVATION: 908 Ft.
SUMMIT COORDINATES: N43 06.114, W71 10.866
TRAIL: Tower Rd, Mountain Trail, South Ridge Trail
DISTANCE: 2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 463 Ft.
HIKING TIME: 1.5 hours
DATE: July 15, 2015
WEATHER: cloudy, humid, 80 degrees
PARKING: From Tandy road turn east onto Reservation Rd and follow Reservation road to the junction of Tower road. There are signs stating no vehicles permitted past this point. Roadside parking for 10-15 cars is available.
USGS QUAD: USGS Mount Pawtuckaway Quad
MAP: (Pawtuckaway South)
I chose a loop circuit following Mountain trail along the perimeter of a marshy pond and summited from the northwest side using Tower trail. From Parking head northeast on Tower Road for 0.16 miles to a spur trail leading east (right). After 0.14 miles you'll reach the junction with Mountain trail. Taking a left will lead you 0.8 miles following the perimeter of a small marshy pond-like area to the junction of Tower road and the Tower trail. There is a small outhouse here. The Tower trail ascends moderately 0.4 miles east over rooty terrain filled with granite boulders and cliffs. Just before the summit the Pawtuckaway South Mountain fire-tower can be seen through the trees. The summit is mostly open with several directional viewpoints. Climbing to the tower platform offers excellent views to the northwest and southeast.
Descend via the South Ridge Trail heading southwest over granite slabs and rocky outcroppings 0.5 miles back to Mountain trail. It's 0.1 miles north (right) back to the mountain trail junction and spur trail leading to Tower Rd.
|Middle and North Mountains|
|Tower Rd - Tower Rd spur trail||0.16 miles||0.16 miles|
|Tower Rd spur trail - Mountain trail Jct.||0.14 miles||0.30 miles|
|Mountain Trail Jct - Tower Rd Jct.||0.8 miles||1.1 miles|
|Tower Trail - South Mountain summit||0.4 miles||1.5 miles|
|South ridge Trail - Mountain Trail Jct.||0.5 miles||2.0 miles|
|Mountain Trail - Tower Rd Spur trail||0.10 miles||2.1 miles|
|Tower Rd Spur trail - Tower Rd||0.14 miles||2.24 miles|
|Tower Rd - Parking||0.16 miles||2.4 miles|
|Tower Rd - Tower Rd spur trail||8 minutes||8 minutes|
|Tower Rd spur trail - Mountain trail Jct.||7 minutes||15 minutes|
|Mountain Trail Jct - Tower Rd Jct.||20 minutes||35 minutes|
|Tower Trail - South Mountain summit||15 minutes||50 minutes|
|South ridge Trail - Mountain Trail Jct.||20 minutes||1 hour 10 minutes|
|Mountain Trail - Tower Rd Spur trail||5 minutes||1 hour 15 minutes|
|Tower Rd Spur trail - Tower Rd||7 minutes||1 hour 22 minutes|
|Tower Rd - Parking||8 minutes||1 hour 30 minutes|
NOTES / COMMENTS:
|Approaching South Mountain tower|