Mt. Dartmouth and Millen Hill

Hiked Mt. Dartmouth and Millen Hill on 11/28/2016. Bill Schor accompanied me on the hike even though he had already hiked Dartmouth in September, but he didn’t find the canister only the sign. He decided to join me in hopes of finding the canister so he could sign the register. Weather forecast was for some clouds which turned out to be mostly cloudy until afternoon when the sun finally came out. It was 22 degrees when we started and 24 when we got back to the car. We were lucky that the Jefferson Notch road was still open so we were able to drive to the Caps Ridge trail parking lot at 3000 feet and start our hike from there.

 

Jefferson Notch road at the Caps Ridge parking lot
Jefferson Notch road at the Caps Ridge parking lot

Every time I have been to the Caps Ridge lot it has been full to overflowing, but not today.

Caps Ridge parking lot
Caps Ridge parking lot

We started the bushwhack directly across the street from the parking lot. The woods was some small spruce that was hard to get through but after about a 100 yards it opened and was really nice woods for the rest of the hike. We stayed at about 3000 feet until we were near Dartmouth and then we headed up the slope to the summit. There were a few blowdowns but nothing that made things difficult and no thick bands of spruce. We reached the summit area and quickly found the summit sign which appeared to be fairly new.

Me and the summit sign
Me and the Dartmouth summit sign

We then set off in search of the summit canister which we also found quickly, it was only about 100 feet away. I don’t know why the sign and canister aren’t in the same place. We ate our PBJs at the summit. It felt pretty cold but there wasn’t any wind so it was tolerable.

Dartmouth summit canister
Dartmouth summit canister
Summit trees
Summit trees

We followed our track back towards the car but stopped about .4 miles from the road and headed up the slope to Millen Hill. We did run into a short section of many blowdowns but we made our way through them and followed a moose track that took us directly to the summit.

Bill and the Millen Hill summit canister
Bill and the Millen Hill summit canister

We then followed our track back to the car. Below is a GPS track of our trip. The solid red line is the track that Bill took back in September the other line is the track that we took. You can see that we started higher so we had less elevation to gain. It was a pretty easy hike considering it was all bushwhack. Only 6 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 100 Highest. Millen Hill is on the New Hampshire 200 Highest list, only 69 peaks left to finish that list.

GPS track of our hike
GPS track of our hike
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