|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||South Tucker (Four Mile Brook Mountain), Loomis Valley Brook Peak, Chase Mountain, NH|
||Bushwhack, logging roads|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, May 21, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Drove Corser Brook Rd. north all the way, about 6 miles. Turned R onto Four Mile Brook Road, which goes east and then north, for about 5 miles. Turned right at a fork, named Four Mile Spur on some maps. In a mile, turned R onto another unnamed road, which we drove to the end. Brought us to about 2400' and within a quarter mile of South Tucker. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||By using logging roads, we were able to utilize bridges across the E. Branch of the Swift River |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Black flies. Lots. |
|Lost and Found:
||Despite the black flies, we tried to grab some northern peaks before the logging regrowth leafs out.|
We hiked these three peaks clockwise. Continuing from where we parked, followed the ATV trail up around the north side of South Tucker. BW'd about 0.1 mi. to the summit, and returned to the ATV road, which went about another 0.1 mile to a clearing where an antenna once stood.
Woods were whippy, logging regrowth, and crappy. Our line to Loomis took us down slope in a northerly direction, and we didn't fight it too much. We eventually hit the Four Mile Logging Road shown on the maps at its western corner of sorts. Given where we were, we decided to hike this grassy and easy to travel road clockwise.
As the road approached Loomis on its western side, the road petered out about 0.6 mile from the summit. We climbed to Loomis through hobble and thick regrowth, finding the summit. We didn't want to fight the regrowth all the way to Chase, so we dropped off Loomis SW'ly, through whippets and regrowth, aiming for the logging road to its SW. We hit this logging road, labled E. Branch Road on maps.
We followed E. Branch logging road (grassy/easy to travel) south for until we were NW of Chase.
We climbed Chase through regrowth, looking for the best line we could. At the summit, there was a nice little wooden sign "Chase." Nice touch :-) We exited down pretty much the exact same way.
Once back on the logging road, we followed it north, and then turned Left to cross the river (bridged). We were now back on the Four Mile Brook Logging Road. We walked north about a half mile.... and seeing no good opening, aimed back uphill towards South Tucker. We did decide to keep north, or right, of the small bump you can see on the map. It was with great relief when we hit the opening and ATV road where the antenna once stood.
About 8.7 miles, 2300', 5 hours.
Fun three days up in Errol with JEM3.
||Beth Z. |
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