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 Bushwhack to Mt Kancamagus 
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 Bushwhack to Mt Kancamagus
Friday, March 30, 2007

The winter had been a bit of a disappointment. Too many trips were canceled at the last minute due to poor weather and others were missed because of work. We also had hopes of doing a couple of bushwhacks and a couple slide routes at some point in time. With Friday being a day off, Wildpeaks and I decided to cross at least one thing off our “to do” we opted to bushwhack to Mt Kancamagus.
There are 2 traditional ways of hitting this peak: one just after the Kanc Pass and another via Livermore Trail. We didn’t have a lot of information about the Kanc Pass route so we decided to start from the Livermore Trail.
The trail is fairly easy to find just off the Kancamagus (coming from Lincoln) and just below the Kanc Pass and across from Lily Pond.
We parked on the shoulder and hit the trail with no traction devices because the night before had been below freezing and what little snow there was to start provided solid footing.
We still weren’t sure how we were going to approach the mountain as this one is a trail-less peak and we had only read one trip report from this direction, but we had time as we walked along the trail for the first mile or so. When we hit the arrow pointing to the left, we continued straight and decide to make our approach to the left of the second brook in hopes of getting to the height of the land over an unnamed hill, and then walk the ridge to Mt Kancamagus. We could have made a straight line to the summit but the contours looked like it would be very steep or we could have continued around and approached it from the east but decided to just find our own route.
Shortly after getting to the brook we started our ascent. This turned into a post holing nightmare in 3 feet of wind blown snow, and soon we were putting on the snowshoes. This didn’t help too much as it was a lot steeper than we expected, but with a lot of effort and swearing, we eventually topped out with only a few scratches and very few areas of difficult spruce thickets.
Once at the top of this unknown peak we continued towards our goal using Tom’s GPS but not before we came upon a massive area of moose activity. We were both amazed at how the area had been drastically disturbed by the woodland creatures that at one stop for water, Tom kept an eye on one section of woods while I took the other, just fearing that that any second a charging bull would be after us for being in their home!
The moose droppings continued all the way to the summit of Mt Kanc. While there is no trail to the summit the woods are somewhat open so it was easy to pick our way through the trees and after only a few checks of the GPS and map, we were soon approaching the canister that marks the summit of Mt Kancamagus. With our eyes and ears still on watch for moose, we put our names in the small notebook inside the canister and had a quick snack while we enjoyed a beautiful day of snowshoeing and finally crossing something off “the list: There weren’t too many other names in the book (6 since November 2006) but we did recognize Albee’s from VFTT.
In true bushwhacking style, we started following our own tracks out but veered off just after the unnamed hump and started following some bear tracks (don’t ask me why we followed them, it honestly seemed like the easiest way down). With the temps in the high 40’s, the sun poking out, and the wind gusting to 20-30 only every so often it seemed like a great day just to pick our way through the woods and practice our map & compass skills. Soon we were back at the truck taking off our snowshoes (the afternoon corn snow was too soft to bareboot) and adding 1 more peak to the done list. Thanks to Wildpeaks for another great day in the Whites!

I posted a couple of pictures, just click the link below,
Bill

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Sounds like a killer time Bill! Now that you are the 'King of Bushwacking' you can lead us on our charge for East Hale :lol: :wink: :P .

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Glad to read you are getting outdoors! Thanks for your t.r.
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In true bushwhacking style, we started following our own tracks out but veered off just after the unnamed hump and started following some bear tracks (don’t ask me why we followed them, it honestly seemed like the easiest way down).

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Sounds like you guys had a good time.
Me and Ron (rocksnrolls) think we also came across bear tracks on Kinsman Pond Trail. The snow had melted so much around the tracks that we couldn’t be 100% positive if they were bear or not.

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A young lady friend and I saw clear bear tracks on the complete .3 mile Lonesome Lake Loop Trail on the West bank a week ago.

3 years ago a famous hiker did the Kanc-ca-maw-gus bushwhack and came across a 100 year old body. The Lincoln & State Police returned w/him the next day to retreve the body. It was quite a read on the b.b.'s and quite a shock to the hiker. As it must still be now.

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The woodland creatures are out and about.

The bear tracks we saw were clearly 2 bears.....1 cub....and they were made that day. The snow was melting in the afternoon sun so our morning tracks were gone....but the bear tracks were still "clean" and very easily distinguishable.

Magic, I'm glad the only thing we found was the canister! :wink:

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Love the bear tracks.

Glad that is all you found also!

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