Elevation gain: 1375 feet
Trails used: Stinson Mountain Trail, bushwhack.
Highlight(s): register on the summit of Stinson Mountain-North east Peak.
After hiking Middle Sugarloaf, North Sugarloaf, Artists Bluff and Bald Mountain the day before, Keith asked me if I wanted to join he and Julie as they did a sweep for moose antlers near Stinson Mountain. Last year, around the same time, Desi and I did Stinson Mountain and I saw a herd of about five moose. So, the area is ripe for possibly having antlers especially at this time of year. Keith wanted something light and easy to do as he was in the tail end of having an illness and with the elevation gain and lack of deep snow, it wouldn't be too bad for him to do. I met them at their house and I followed them north to the trailhead parking area.
Stinson Mountain-Northeast Peak is located in Rumney, New Hampshire. There are no trails that go to the wooded, view-less summit of Stinson Mountain-Northeast Peak so it requires a combination of trails and a bushwhack to reach its high point.
Heading up the Stinson Mountain Trail, which was a mixture of snow and ice. We had to put the Microspikes on at the trailhead parking area and leave them on, round trip.
Julie and Katahdin setting the pace, with Keith carrying Gianna up the Stinson Mountain Trail. You can see sections of ice showing through from under the light blanket of snow.
We branched off of the Stinson Mountain Trail to begin the bushwhack into the woods below and around Stinson Mountain-Northeast Peak.
The register from the jar on the summit of Stinson Mountain-Northeast Peak.
A well known hiker/bushwhackers entry in the register on Stinson Mountain-Northeast Peak. Nefarious Nate's entries always make for good reading. I added our signatures as we were only the third entry in here since 2001.
Keith and I at the summit register for Stinson Mountain-Northeast Peak (elevation: 2806 feet).
Keith at the summit register on Stinson Mountain-Northeast Peak.
I found one moose antler and the register I missed when I came up around the summit of Stinson Mountain-Northeast Peak last winter. No moose were sighted during todays hike but there were plenty of tracks in the hard packed snow. Weather-wise, it remained dry with zero precipitation and temperatures on the cold but not freezing side.