Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mt. Dartmouth - 3727 / Millen Hill - 3376

Mt. Dartmouth summit
STATE: New Hampshire
TOWN: Low and Burbanks Grant / Chandlers Purchase
DESTINATION: Mt. Dartmouth / Millen Hill
ELEVATION: 3727 Feet / 3376 Feet
DARTMOUTH SUMMIT COORDINATES: N44 18.144, W71 23.022
MILLEN HILL SUMMIT COORDINATES: N44 17.626, W71 21.885
TRAIL: bushwhack
DISTANCE: 3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1100 feet
HIKING TIME: 2 hours 45 minutes
SEASON: Summer
DATE: August 31, 2013
WEATHER: 75 degrees, humid, overcast

PARKING:

From route 302 in Bretton Woods turn onto Base Station rd. At 4.5 miles turn left onto Jefferson Notch Rd and continue 3.3 miles to Jefferson Notch and trailhead parking on the right.

USGS QUAD: USGS Mt. Dartmouth Quad / USGS Mt. Washington Quad

MAP: (Mt. Dartmouth) (Millen Hill)



DESCRIPTION:

I parked at the Caps Ridge trailhead and crossed the road entering the woods at an open area just north of the height of land. I followed a contour line between 3000 and 3100 feet elevation staying in the beautifully open woods as far and long as possible. bushwhacking was extremely easy through fern patches and mossy areas never getting thick or difficult. With the Dartmouth summit directly to my West I began ascending the steep slope. Terrain was a bit more challenging to navigate however the woods remained open 90% of the way. Found herd path with approximately 100 yards to the summit.

Descended the same way following the 3100 foot contour line past the col between Dartmouth and Millen before bearing south to Millen hill. Bushwhacking up the slope was a little thicker but still relatively easy. Once on the summit dome I was presented with minimal views towards the Presidentials and followed a herd path 500 feet to the summit. Descended in a Northerly direction then changed bearing east following the open 3100 foot contour and Jefferson Notch rd.

TRAIL DISTANCES:

On a trail-less peak it's difficult to provide reference markers such as a trail junction, merge or other distinct object and the tables below reference the summit distance and times.

HIKING DISTANCES
DESTINATION
DISTANCE TOTAL DIST.
Parking - Mt. Dartmouth 1.7 miles 1.7 miles
Mt. Dartmouth - Millen Hill 1.3 miles 3.0 miles
Millen Hill - Parking 0.5 miles 3.5 miles

HIKING TIMES:

HIKING TIMES
DESTINATION
TIME TOTAL TIME
Parking - Mt. Dartmouth 1 hour 5 minutes 1 hour 5 minutes
Mt. Dartmouth - Millen Hill 1 hour 5 minutes 2 hours 10 minutes
Millen Hill - Parking 30 minutes 2 hours 40 minutes

NOTES / COMMENTS:

 Mt. Dartmouth is the 67th highest peak in New Hampshire and nearby Millen Hill is on the list of 175 New Hampshire 3000 footers. Reports suggest following a contour line and ascending from a westerly direction. I stayed as low as possible for as long as possible turning due west and ascending about 1/2 mile distance and a few hundred feet elevation to the summit. The bushwhack from Jefferson Notch road is through open woods and one of the easiest bushwhacks I've encountered. Returning to Millen Hill I used the same philosophy following the contour then bushwhacking directly to the summit. Both summits contain a PVC canister and are viewless however Millen Hill offers a view to the Presidentials a few hundred feet from the summit.

 The open woods bushwhack

 Millen Hill summit

Millen Hill summit canister complete with moose antler

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