Well, no. This was not the first ascent ever of Mt Roberts. But it was my first ascent of any mountain in the Ossipee ring dike complex. (Red Hill, though nearby, is not within the Ossipee circle.)
Mount Roberts is on the outskirts of the Castle in the Cloud site; we entered from Ossipee Park Rd. There is a parking area right after an old gatehouse, then you walk up a bit to the trailhead. The fresh whiff of a horse farm livens the first few yards...
|Sun and shadow on the green hills|
|In front of the middle cloud, look for the small speck (a turkey vulture)|
|Our motto is "Do Lunch or Be Lunch"|
At our lunch stop, we smeared ourselves with citronella. We then walked up further to a second ledge, and a few of us headed for the last mile up to the summit.
|The little-known New Hampshire Moai?|
|A shift in the vegetation as we ascended|
|I liked the soft grey lichen on this rock.|
|Celebrating at the summit!|
|Mt Chocorua and others in the distance|
|An eerie landscape|
|These flowers looked a bit like a (low-growing) dogwood cover|
|Orange blaze with oxidized iron|
|Nicely camouflaged toad (he's got a white stripe on his spine)|
The entire journey was about 5 miles round-trip. Very enjoyable.