Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mt. Misery - Auburn Nh - 580 Ft.

Uncanoonuc Mountains from the Mt. Misery 4x4 trail
STATE: New Hampshire
TOWN: Auburn
DESTINATION: Mt. Misery
ELEVATION: 580 Ft.
SUMMIT COORDINATES: N42 58.374, W71 21.624
TRAIL: Bushwhack, 4x4 path
DISTANCE: 1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 200 Ft.
HIKING TIME: 30 minutes
SEASON: Summer
DATE: July 31, 2013
WEATHER: Sunny, clear, 75 degrees


PARKING:

Park at a gravel pull off on the northeast side of Bypass 28 at coordinates N42 57.955, W71 21.726. There is room for 2-3 cars.

USGS QUAD: USGS Derry Quad

MAP:  (Misery)

DESCRIPTION: From the gravel pull off on By-pass 28 bushwhack in a northeasterly direction through mostly open woods 425 feet to a 4x4 trail. Follow the 4x4 trail as it parallels a rock wall to it's left over easy terrain and very easy grade reaching the perimeter of a open field. Follow the trail as it follows the property line of a farm house continuing behind a field which provides occasional views towards the Uncanoonuc mountains reaching a trail intersection at 0.45 miles. Turn right and ascend 0.15 miles to the summit of Mt. Misery. The summit is relatively open woods and blueberry bushes. There are no distinguishing markings to identify the summit however I determined an open mossy bump was the highest point. There summit is mostly open however there are no views due to the tree cover. Round trip was 1.2 miles and 35 minutes.

TRAIL DISTANCES:

HIKING DISTANCES
DESTINATION
DISTANCE TOTAL DIST.
bushwhack to trail 0.08 miles 0.08 miles
4x4 trail to intersection 0.37 miles 0.45 miles
intersection - summit .15 miles 0.60 miles
Summit - Parking 0.60 miles 1.2 miles

HIKING TIMES:

HIKING TIMES
DESTINATION
TIME TOTAL TIME
bushwhack to trail 3 minutes 5 minutes
4x4 trail to intersection 10 minutes 15 minutes
intersection - summit 5 minutes 20 minutes
Summit - Parking 15 minutes 35 minutes

NOTES / COMMENTS:

The town of Auburn has 3 high points between 580 and 585 feet elevation. Mt. Miner at 582 feet, Mine Hill at 580 feet and Mt. Misery at 580 feet. Due to inaccuracies in mapping software and GPS technology it appears that Mt. Miner is the highest point at 582 feet however any one of the three peaks could be the actual highpoint.

This was my 3rd attempt at Mt. Misery. My first attempt was from Fire road 40 off Spofford road. I hoped to encounter a logging path or trail headed to the summit and never did. There were several skidder paths criss-crossing the area making the bushwhack challenging through the new growth and fallen trees. I also attempted to bushwhack from the cul-de-sac on Rockwood terrace but encountered similar problems to my experience at Fire road 40.   I expected a relatively poor quality hike with limited views and I was pleasantly surprised to find the well worn 4x4 trail and easy access after my bushwhack from By-pass 28. I apologize for the poor cell-phone quality photos.

The Mt. Misery open summit area.

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