South Whaleback

Hiked South Whaleback on 1/31/2017. The delay in publishing this is because on 2/1 I started my week long volunteer stint at the Mount Washington Observatory and didn’t have time to do this. It was a bright sunny day but cold with the temperature at 7 when we started and 13 at the summit. South Whaleback is in the town of Lincoln almost across from the Loon Mountain ski area. The access is in the Clearbrook condominium complex. The condo association allows parking and access to the Old Osseo trail which was abandoned by the Forest Service many years ago. It is maintained by the condo association and is pretty easy to follow. The trail meets up with the new Osseo trail not far from the summit of Mt. Flume. We had a nice thick crust of snow to walk on that we didn’t break through so for the most part it was pretty easy walking.

The first stream crossing
The first stream crossing

There were several stream crossings and fortunately none were difficult. There weren’t many views as we were in the woods almost all day but there were some through the trees.

Big Coolidge
Big Coolidge

Big Coolidge was visible through the trees and may be our next destination. We followed the Old Osseo trail up to 2800 feet where it takes a sharp left turn and heads for the summit of Whaleback. We turned right and started the bushwhack to South Whaleback. There are two summits to South Whaleback and they are both about the same height and they both have summit registers. The first one is just a bottle hanging on a tree while the second and furthest from the trail has a PVC container attached to a tree. We hit both summits and signed both registers.

The official summit of South Whaleback
The official summit of South Whaleback

After signing in we walked back towards the trail and found a sunny spot where we ate our PBJs.

Bill and Diane headed down the trail.
Bill and Diane headed down the trail.

Bill took a video of me sliding down one of the steep sections. See it here  https://youtu.be/VBsYhdYS3yw

Loon Mountain through the trees
Loon Mountain through the trees

We reached the cars and I headed off for Mt. Washington and Bill and Diane headed home. Only 59 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest.

Track of our route
Track of our route
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