Monday, November 25, 2013

Pliny Mountain - 3605 Ft

STATE:New Hampshire
TOWN: Kilkenny
DESTINATION: Pliny Mountain
ELEVATION: 3605 Ft
SUMMIT COORDINATES:44 25.018, W71 23.577
TRAIL: Abandoned Priscilla Brook Trail, Bushwhack
DISTANCE: 5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1870 feet
HIKING TIME: 3 hours
SEASON: Fall
DATE: November 24, 2013
WEATHER: 15 degrees, light snow, windy

PARKING:

From the Route 115 and Route 2 intersection follow route 2 north for .4 miles. Directly opposite Six Gun City turn right on Ingerson Road. At 1.0 miles bear left at the intersection with Pond of Safety Rd continuing another 1.3 miles to the unmarked Priscilla Brook Trailhead on your right just before the single lane bridge crossing of Priscilla Brook. There is a small pull off capable of squeezing 2 cars and roadside parking is available.

USGS QUAD: USGS Jefferson Quad

MAP: (Pliny Mountain)



DESCRIPTION:

The Priscilla Brook trail is no longer maintained and it's condition is extremely poor. The first mile of trail follows the right bank of Priscilla Brook and drainage makes it extremely muddy in places, runoff has caused additional erosion. 2-3 inches of snow prevented me from seeing several pockets of mud before placing my boot down sinking ankle deep in a few places. The trail is full of blowdowns which get progressively worse as you increase elevation. As the trail breaks right separating from the river it is a jumbled mess of downed trees combined with hidden mud pockets. I intended to follow the Priscilla Brook trail to the height of land then bear South to the Pliny summit however the trail was extremely difficult to navigate walking the tightrope of downed trees and attempting to avoid the wet mushy trail. I found it easier to depart the trail and indirectly bushwhack towards the Pliny summit. I set a bearing in a northwesterly direction bushwhacking through 4-5 inches of powder in mostly open woods then turning south with about 0.3 to the summit. The woods contained random blowdowns to hop over but were primarily open making this an easy bushwhack. The summit is marked with a PVC canister and most recently entry was from Wayne R on 8/25/2013


TRAIL DISTANCES:

HIKING DISTANCES
DESTINATION
DISTANCE TOTAL DIST.
Priscilla Brook Trail - start of bushwhack 1.5 miles 1.5 miles
bushwhack - Pliny summit 1.0 miles 2.5 miles

HIKING TIMES:

HIKING TIMES
DESTINATION
TIME TOTAL TIME
Priscilla Brook Trail - start of bushwhack 45 minutes 45 minutes
bushwhack - Pliny summit 1 hour1 hour 45 minutes
Pliny summit - parking1 hour 15 minutes3 hours

NOTES / COMMENTS:

I planned on hiking a different mountain today however my late start, last nights 3-4 inches of snow along with the excessive wind and raw conditions caused an impromptu change of plans. As I passed through snowy Franconia Notch I considered mount Martha but was looking forward to a bushwhack. After perusing my DeLorme the nearby Pliny Mountain called my name due to it's short whack, limited views at the summit and a great hill to test my bushwhacking ability and start off the winter hiking season. At 3605 feet it's ranked 87th on the list of New Hampshire 100 highest. I didn't take a lot of photos on this hike for a couple of reasons, the cold temperatures and there weren't a lot of photographic opportunities.

Priscilla Brook trailhead on Ingerson road

 The open woods bushwhack

The Pliny mountain summit canister


3 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this! Was especially interested in the current 'state of affairs' along the abandoned Priscilla Brook Trail. Given your assessment, I'd likely just do a bushwhack for the entire distance, should I ever decide to visit Pliny Mountain.

    By the way, I admire your reporting style. It's concise, and has just the right amount of narrative and photos.

    John

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  2. Hi John,

    The old Priscilla Brook trail was manageable and probably faster and easier than whacking. The beauty of an ice covered stream reduced some of the monotony. If I were to hike it again I would follow the trail for a mile or so then whack to the southern sub-peak before making my way to the summit.

    Thanks for your feedback and reading my reports. As a blogger and follower of my trip reports are there any additions or modifications you would like to see?

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    1. Trevor, this is in response to your question "are there any additions or modifications you would like to see?”

      Honestly, I have given it some thought, but cannot come up with anything other than to suggest that you NOT make any changes to your reporting style. I fully appreciate the time it takes to produce a concise narrative, and to choose only a few from the many photos taken during a hike. You do a great job on both counts!

      John

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