Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mt. Klem, Mt. Rand & Mt. Mack

Hot!  That about says it all for today's weather.  Mere days ago we hiked in the Belknap Range on a day with highs in the mid to upper 50's.  Today it was 90+ degrees.  The heat sucked the energy right out of me and the last couple of miles were a slog.  That said, this is a great hike if you are looking for a trek in this area.

Hike Stats

Distance:  7.6 miles
Elevation Gain:  1,900'
Duration:  5 hrs.
Difficulty:  Easy to moderate

Driving Directions: "From NH 11A, 1. 7 mi. south of Gunstock Mountain Resort and 2.7 mi. west of NH 11, turn west onto Bickford Rd. In 0.2 mi. turn left on Wood Road, and in another 0.1 mi., just before reaching a house, bear left on a narrow, gravel road (sign). Follow this road for 0.1 mi. to a parking area in an old gravel pit." Belknap Range Trails

This hike follows a fire/logging road from the parking area for a material distance. In fact, much of the hike follows what appear to be old fire or logging roads and in some sections there are snowmobile trails. Key features include the Poorfarm Brook which is adjacent to the early parts of the hike, Round Pond which is rather large and a beautiful spot overall and there are occasional views near all three summits.

The total elevation gain of 1,900' was more a function of the many ups and downs on this hike as opposed to the elevation change from the parking area to the summits. Nonetheless, it is still climbing! And, did I mention how hot it was today?

Poorfarm Brook

Round Pond

We've left Round Pond and are on the Mt. Klem-Mt. Mack Loop headed in a clockwise direction towards Mt. Klem.  I would suggest that there is no preference when it comes to whether to take this loop clockwise or counterclockwise.
 Just one of the many views encountered.  Certainly the high temps have brought in the haze.

Don't miss this turn to the actual viewless summit of Mt. Klem, about 100 yards away.

Covering Mt. Rand was not in our original plan however, it was less than 1/2 mile away (each way) so we decided to capture it.  Don't be fooled by the distance as the drop from Klem and then the climb up Rand are both material.  And then of course you need to do it again on the return.

The summit of Mt. Rand is viewless but there are fine views like this one nearby. 

 The section from Mt. Klem to Mt. Mack is an easy trek.

We are back at Round Pond and if you look closely you can see the summit of Belknap Mountain in the background (with tower).

The circle of life!  Yes, that is a frog in the mouth of this snake.  The frog was still alive and was doing his very best to escape but I think he was doomed.


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