From the Ski Area Parking Lot you will climb 2,200ft in about 2.5 miles to the summit. Overall this is a moderate to easy hike and at 4003ft it will check off one of your NH 48 peaks over 4k. Not sure if I would go back to repeat this during the summer, but it's a great winter peak and deserves a summit visit.
Powder, Technical Terrain and Moose.....the full New Hampshire experience. This lesser known neighbor of the infamous Tuckerman Ravine delivers awe-inspiring views, and a combination of steep bowl riding followed by a technical 3 mile ride out on this classic New England ski trail.
The final push was a snow covered 100m, 45-degree climb, revealing fantastic 360-degree via snow free granite slab. The 80MPH gusts only added to the ruggedness of the scenery. This combination of frigid wind, blue skies, and endless views clears the mind of unimportant day to day minutia. The raw wilderness binds you to the present!
Lunchtime has two purposes. One, fill the body furnace we call a gullet and two get outside to fill the mind with thoughts of wilderness and exploration. With a break in the recent onslaught of snow and an upcoming winter ascent on Mt. Chocorua, snowshoeing occupied the mind.