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Peaks
Peaks Mudgetts Pond Peak, NH
Trails
Trails: Cummings Pond Road, woods roads, bushwhacks, herd paths
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the end of Cummings Pond Road in Dorchester NH  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: no issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Unmaintained section of Cummings Pond Road, Woods Roads, Bushwhacks, Herd Paths

Nice hike / bushwhack to this NH 500 Highest peak with lots of moose activity.

We started off following / dropping down the unmaintained section of Cummings Pond Road heading northwest with lots of fresh moose tracks. This road ends at a T intersection.

We then turned right / north on an old woods’ road for a few hundred yards or so and jumped off bushwhacking northeast toward a bump to the northeast of Mudgetts Pond Peak. The idea was to pick up the ridge and avoid dropping up and down valleys /drainage that run off the southeast side on the mountain. This area also had lot of moose activity. Just below this bump we turned west, slabbing a bit then southwest hitting the col between the bump and the summit of Mudgetts Pond Peak.

We continued heading southwest the turning more south and hit the summit and the recognized high point. After signing in we retraced our steps back and once on the unmaintained section of Cummings Pond Road we ran into the landowner who was out snowshoeing with his brother checking out moose activity. We had a nice chat while he showed us lots of photos of moose on his property. Of course I had to show him photos of all the moose antlers we've found on our journeys.

For the most part snow depth were 10” with a solid base below and the bushwhack section were nice and open woods. We picked up a few woods roads and herd paths along the way as we clocked +/- 4 miles and 800 feet of elevation gain.
 
Name
Name: Brian Bond 
E-Mail
E-Mail: brianbond@comcast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-01-25 
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