Saturday, December 12, 2009

Blue Job Mt. 12/12/09

Difficulty: Easy - Moderate:
Fire Wardens trail on South and East side of the mountain is steep and wet with loose footing.
Loop trail which follows part of the access rd. is moderate but easy footing.
Gray Hill or Little Baldy Knob trail is easy with some easy rock scrambles.

Directions: From Rt. 11/N Main St. in Rochester, NH take Rt. 202A. Just past the "4 Corner Store" take your first right at a corner onto First Crown Point Rd. Follow it for approximately 5 miles. The parking lot is on the right (signed) just over the hill. 

Report: With plans for White Ledge scrapped 'cause Scott needed to sleep in (and he really did need it!) I thought we would try out Blue Job Mt. We came across the trailhead sign once in our travels and it spiked my curiosity. We started out of the parking lot at 1:30pm. The trail is very gradual and had nice snow pack from other hikers (only one coming down). Following the bright orange blazes we came to a trail junction with a sign pointing right reading "to fire tower" and that is the way the blazes went, it wasn't traveled through at all though ... the packed trail continued straight. We opted to take the easy way! The vague discription I read said there was a loop trail, apparently it isn't marked?

We continued on gradually and came to an open cone area. We climbed it and soon came out to a very windy knoll, and the summit and firetower behind us We continued to the top of this knoll with great views. What I believed to be Monadnock to the West, Alton Mt. and Mt. Major to the North-West, and Ossipee, Washington & Chocorua to the North. Having had enough of spending a couple minutes in the 60 mph winds we headed back, saving the true summit and fire tower obs. deck for a more calmer day. Total trip time was about 40 min. Round trip including the actual summit would probably run about 80 min. I would think.

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