Mt. Clough

Hiked Mt. Clough with Bill Schor on 8/16/16. It was a pretty humid day and we got sprinkled on a couple of times but nothing that got us very wet. Mt. Clough is just west of Moosilaukee and is all bushwack, no trails at all. It was only about 4 miles roundtrip but took us 5 hours with only a brief stop for lunch. At first we had nice open woods that was easy to navigate through then it got steep but still open woods. Then it remained somewhat steep with smaller spruce. Then we hit some small cliffs we had to go around.

Small cliff we had to navigate around
Small cliff we had to navigate around

There were some views on the way up but none at the wooded summit.

South Moosilaukee
South Moosilaukee
Hazy view to the south
Hazy view to the south

There were hundreds of mushrooms in the spruce forest many of which were rotting in place. This one was looking pretty healthy.

Purple mushroom
Purple mushroom

After going around a big blowdown area that would have been very difficult to go through we reached the flat wooded summit. We found the canister and signed in and then enjoyed our PBJs. There were lots of bunchberries at the summit which added a bit of color.

Summit canister with a small moose antler
Summit canister with a small moose antler
Me at the summit with the bushwackers badge of blood on my arm
Me at the summit with the bushwhackers badge of blood on my arm
Bunchberries
Bunchberries

We returned back to the road a different way that was shorter than the way up and didn’t have any blowdowns but there was a short steep section of nasty spruce that slowed us down a bit. Only 28 left on the New Hampshire 100 Highest. Map of our route courtesy of Bill Schor.

GPS trak of our route
GPS track of our route

 

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