North Black Crescent, Black Crescent and South Black Crescent

Hiked the three Black Crescents on 8/21/2017 with Bill Schor and Larry Babcock. Weather was predicted to be nice and it was a nice day for hiking with clear blue skies and moderate temperatures. The Black Crescents are located in Randolph, New Hampshire in the Pliny Range. They could be approached from the south side of the range but we chose to approach from the north side off of Bog Dam Road. We started our bushwhack opposite the trailhead for the Landing Camp Trail. Larry likes to park on the side of the road and head uphill so that’s what we did. The woods were open with no steep parts and no hobble bush or thick spruce so it was easy getting to the summit of North Black Crescent.

Me opening the canister on North Black Crescent

There weren’t any views from the summit and it wasn’t lunch time so we set out for Black Crescent. Again it was a pretty easy hike with nothing steep or thick.

Black Crescent summit

Again there weren’t any views and it still wasn’t lunch time so we set out for South Black Crescent. We followed the ridgeline down quite a ways steeply at times and when we got to the low point between the summits we decided to have our PBJs and look at the map. We had to go around a small bump and then head for the summit. We hit some pretty thick hobble bush and thick spruce but nothing that we hadn’t encountered on other bushwhacks. We reached the summit and signed in and started back to the road still with no views.

South Black Crescent summit canister

On the way down we finally had a view looking back to Black Crescent, it wasn’t very impressive but the only view of the day. We also found some wild flowers in a few open spots.

Looking back to Black Crescent
Joe-Pye Weed
Golden Rod
New England Aster

We got back to the road and then walked about a mile along the road back to the car. It was a good day, a good hike and nice to get more than 1 peak for the day. Only 20 peaks left to finish the New England 200 Highest list.

Our track for the day

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