Huntington and South Huntington

Climbed Huntington and South Huntington on 7/12/12016. Bill Schor joined me for this hike. It was a bright sunny day and it warmed up to about 80 which was warmer than you would like for bushwhacking but it was OK. We started by hiking in to the junction of the Hancock Notch and Cedar Brook trails and started the bushwack there. It was a little less than a mile to the summit of Huntington but it took us over 2 hours to get there.

Start of the bushwack
Start of the bushwack

Note that the arrows point left for the trail and we went right off into the woods.

Woods at the start of the bushwack
Woods at the start of the bushwack

There was some fairly thick small spruce at the start but they had soft needles so it wasn’t bad pushing through them. The only problem was that you couldn’t see where you were putting your feet. The woods thinned out a little bit but got rocky and eventually we were making our way through some large moss covered rocks which really slowed us down as they were slippery and there were some large holes to fall into. We eventually reached the summit which was somewhat flat with open woods. We searched around and found the summit canister and signed in.

Summit of Mt. Huntington.
Summit of Mt. Huntington.

We had our PBJs on the summit and then headed over to South Huntington. We dropped off fairly steeply at first but then it flattened out and was a pretty easy hike to the low point between the summits. We got up on the flat summit right at the summit canister so we didn’t have to search around for it.

Bill on South Huntington
Bill on South Huntington

We had originally planned to bushwack back to the Hancock Notch trail and then walk the trail back to the car but we decided to just bushwack from the summit down to the road and then walk on the road back to the car. The bushwack was a little less than a mile but it took us 2.5 hours through some very thick stuff that was difficult to navigate. But we hit the road exactly where we planned to. Only 30 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 100 Highest.

 

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