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  1. Date of Hike: 5/17/20 Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail / Mount Monroe Loop / Crawford Path / Gulfside Trail / Mount Jeferson Loop / Jewell Trail Total Miles : 11.8 (5,348 feet elevation gained) Suunto Ambit3 Peak GPS watch Trip Report: - In what seemed like an eternity the weather finally broke to be able to head above treeline and roam around the rock pile with the only person I have had any contact with for the past two months, Todd. Sarge sat this one out as I wasn't sure about the conditions, turns out I should have taken him along for the ride. - The spring of the never-starting melt continues as packed snow started right after joining the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail from the Cog Spur. From here snow depths increased quickly and were a few feet deep by the Gem Pool, increasing to four feet plus while steeply ascending to Lakes of the Clouds Hut. - Above treeline is a tale of two worlds at the moment, snow is quickly vanishing off the western sides of the ridge but deep snowfields remain off the eastern side. Mount Monroe Loop is basically snow free except for a steep fifty yard snow field. Crawford Path up to Washington is a mix of soft ice and packed snow, easier than summer right now, but this will change soon with the warm weather and rain coming in. - The summit of Washington was in the clouds and a ghost town as we passed over it, the only noise was the crashing down of ice breaking off from the various towers that sit atop the summit area. - From here we made our way over to Mount Jefferson, ditching our spikes as we passed the Mount Clay Loop, when the snow pretty much disappeared off the trail except for in the usual spots. - When we reached Mount Jefferson we finally saw the first two people since the parking lot, outside of spying skiers from far off coming up the cog. Most skiers were heading up the Cog swath and dropping into the Great Gulf, while we saw one heading towards Jefferson Ravine. Still a ton of snow in the Great Gulf for them to get turns in! - After Jefferson's summit we double backed to the Jewell Trail junction and quickly made our way back to the Cog parking lot (Ammonoosuc Ravine / Jewell trailhead remains closed). - It was nice to be back up on Washington, I expect the range to be quieter this summer with the huts closed, not knowing what the auto-road and cog will be doing, when Pinkham Notch will open back up, and if the top will open up, all big question marks. - Once again, during times of uncertainty . . .Improvise, adapt, and overcome Gem Pool Breaking above treeline and looking up at Mount Washington Todd making tracks up towards Lakes of the Clouds Lakes of the Clouds Hut The "dungeon" block by ice and snow Washington, in and out of the clouds One of the towers on the summit, noticed the ice piling below it, finally warm enough for it to start falling off chunk by chunk Spooky summit scene Todd snapped this pic of me observing the crazy snow levels on the east side of Mount Clay I must have 100 pics I've snapped from here over the past dozen years, one of my favorite views. Now it takes on a little different feeling after my friend fell two months ago from just above Jacob's Ladder towards Burt's Ravine and shattered her pelvis. Todd heading towards Jefferson Mount Adams playing peek-a-boo from Monticello Lawn Looking at Clay and the Great Gulf Wilderness. Look at the snow on the left side of Clay compared to the right side!! Todd takes in the huge views No snow left along Monticello Lawn! Todd dropping down towards the Sphinx Col And here I am, the Sphinx Trail is my adopted trail, every winter the sign gets blown over and buried, and every spring I put it back up! Todd carefully making his way down the rotting snow of the Jewell Trail yuck! Base Station Cog Railroad Sarge was happy when I got home and played Lamb Chops with him :) View the full article
  2. Date of Hikes : March 14th - May 13th - What an unprecedented two months this has been. On Thursday, March 12th I was in RI for the day relaxing before driving to North Carolina at 2AM on Friday to visit a friend to catch the semi-finals of the ACC Tournament in person that evening followed by taking Sarge to the White Water Revival Saint Patrick's Day festivities outside Charlotte on Saturday. As I was trying to get a few hours of rest the shit hit the fan and by the time I woke up I hit the snooze before getting up at a normal time and jetting back to the mountains. - Luckily for us north of the notch things are still extremely quiet as far as COVID-19 goes, with only two known cases in Coos County and none in my town. However, I expect these numbers to ramp up when testing is widely available to us and when things start to open up and Southern NH and Mass tourists come to town. Hopefully, things do not spike too much up here over the summer, we shall see. - Hiking during this has been ok for Sarge and I. Pinkham Notch was closed down toward the end of March because skiers couldn't adhere to staying local. This sucked for Sarge and I as HoJo's and the Bowl were our weekday hikes between projects at work. Instead, we started hiking Wildcat until the parking lot was barricaded because people flocked to the closed down ski slopes, another bummer for Sarge and I, a month later I found out we could park at the swimming hole pulloff and walk in, yay! We then headed to Imp Face, Pine Mountain, and Osgood Tentsite/The Bluff, which were perfect until those were closed down. - This is when I reached my breaking point as it was disheartening to see firsthand people coming here who lack consideration for others and were not willing to sacrifice for the greater good. Luckily, the massive trailhead closures only lasted one week. - Over the past two months Sarge and I also hiked Moriah once a week, made a nice trip up to the Carter Range, hiked Isolation, "backdoored" the Wildcats via Wildcat Valley Ski Trail and Wild River Trail, and were able to get above treeline for one last hike up there before it gets too warm and rocky for Sarge. - As far as the weather and trails conditions go, it's been another test of patience. The weather in April was cold and the mountains got quite a bit of snow. While this winter was extremely tame compared to last year snow depth wise, the melt has been stunted. For example, last year by the middle of May there were only a few annoying patches of snow below treeline on the Jewell and Caps Ridge, this year there are several feet remaining with big snowfields left above treeline. Finally it looks like the warm weather is coming here to stay with forecasts above 60 for the next week in the valley! - With the warm weather everyone's spirits should be lifted quite a bit, as I know it's been a struggle for a majority of my friends around here, most are in the service industry and have been hit very hard and hope seems to fluctuate with the weather. - Hope everyone is staying safe and sane...Improvise, adapt, and overcome! - Here are a few pics of Sarge, he just got his summer puppy cut (last few pics), it looks ridiculous but he doesn't seem to mind. :) Our last hike to HoJo's on March 14th Sarge hits the slopes of Wildcat in late March View from Polecat Ski Trail Carter-Moriah Trail about a half mile from the summit of Mount Moriah Imp Face! Still plenty of snow in early April at the Carter-Moriah - Kenduskeag Trail Junction Wild River Wilderness to the east View from ledges of Carter-Moriah Trail Pine Mountain Puppy! Sacrifice Ring at the Horton Center Spring weather is coming so Sarge goes for swims More spring melt . . . Two days later, more snow, winter is back BOO! A fresh foot of snow on the Stony Brook Trail Tag-Alongs are usually a mid winter thing, not a mid to late April thing! Snowy abyss on Carter Dome More Tag-Alongs! View from Mount Surprise The power of Christ compels you Low water crossing, AKA Irish Bridge, on a snomo trail before we bushwhack back home Nice little cascade on the Imp Trail Mount Adams Taking in the view On Mount Madison Checking out RR relics on the rail trail Old snow gun on the Wildcat Valley Ski Trail Wildcat A Peak with Carter Dome in view Plenty of snow left on May 2nd at Carter Notch Hut Sarge sporting his new hairdo on the slopes Snow is finally melting from the slopes, slowly, but look at the ravines across the way, it's going to be awhile! View from Mount Hayes Sarge's Homeward Bound Loop from a rare nice day in April. We went out the front door and hiked up and down Moriah via Stony Brook and Carter-Moriah, then walked through town up and down Pine Mountain, road walked Pinkham B Road, banged a left onto the snowmobile trail, and bushwhacked to the Peabody River, where we crossed the river into our backyard to the backdoor! :) View the full article
  3. Date of Hike: 2/23/20 Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur: 22.2 miles (5,236 feet elevation gained) Suunto Ambit Peak watch Trip Report: - On Sunday I finished my Triathlon + NH 48. Over the past two "snow seasons" November through April, I have been waking up early (5AM) and doing an indoor triathlon at the Royalty Inn Athletic Club, a one mile swim (70 laps), followed by an uphill climb on the stationary bike (level 15, 12.5 miles, 2K+ elevation gain), ending with a 5K sprint on the treadmill (zero incline). After completing the triathlon, I'd head home, eat breakfast, pack up the Jeep, and go hike a 4,000 footer or two, most of the time bringing Sarge with me too! - It was a fun endurance project that really pushed me physically, and just like my Grid finish in 2016 it was bittersweet as it came to an end. - During the triathlon portion, I really enjoyed the swimming the most, followed by the bike, and the 5K was a distant last as I'm not a fan of running indoors, so I'd just turn up the speed and get off of it as fast as I could. - Hiking after a triathlon was interesting but always enjoyable. My legs were heavy but 99% of the time I felt as fresh as one could considering what I was putting my body through. I fueled/hydrated as I would during one of my summer 40+ mile trail runs/hikes and that kept me from cramping or having to stop from getting too weak. - I had a tremendous finishing hike of the Bonds, it felt like mid April and was one of the easier winter hikes of the Bonds I had experienced. The only downside was the warm temps made the snow sticky so I had to leave Sarge at home. Luckily, I ran into a few familiar faces and was able to share some trail time with them at different points of my hike. - Now that this project is over I will focus on my remaining RUNNH 48 peaks when the conditions warrant, then look forward to the snow free months for some interesting ultra routes I've been mapping together for solo runs and runs with my trail running friends. Below is the chart and a few of my favorite pics from the past two years of doing this. Enjoy! The breakdown. I sandbagged the first few 5K's before realizing I could go at race pace and still feel fine hiking. Summit of Madison with Sarge! Mount Monroe as seen from the Gulfside Trail below Mount Clay Sarge at Lakes of the Clouds Hut Mount Washington as seen from a buried Lakes of the Clouds Owl's Head viewed from Black Pond outlet Hancock Loop Trail between North and South Hancock Mount Osceola Trail Winter wonderland at Mount Cabot's summit Frost dusted Sarge! Sarge on breaking above treeline on the Greenleaf Trail. Cannon, Kinsmans, and Lonesome Lake across the notch in view Classic Franconia Ridge shot Heading south on the Gulfside Trail just past Thunderstorm Junction Bowl Paw-trol Sarge! Safety first Sarge Mount Waumbek Back seat doggo! OIIIIIO Sarge watching the clouds roll in over Lakes of the Clouds Bondcliff Trail leaving Mount Bond Bondcliff and Hellgate ravine View the full article
  4. Frosted Rime Ice Tips Gem Pool Ice flows on the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail Approaching Lakes of the Clouds Hut Lakes of the Clouds Hut Clouds drifting over Crawford Path Mount Washington Sarge watching the clouds roll in Heading up to Mount Monroe Washington's summit cone Undercast in Ammonoosuc Ravine Sarge on Monroe Sarge on Monroe with Washington peaking out of the clouds View the full article
  5. It was an Autumn for the ages in the mountains. The most vivid and longest lasting foliage I can remember, just driving through the notches on the way to the trailheads was a joy. Sarge got in some spectacular hikes on his way to finishing his NH 48 4000 foot mountains! Yay for Sarge :) Enjoy the pictures! Hiking along the Brothers on the way to Big Slide over in the Adirondacks. Great Range in view The Calamity! More info here Flowed Land, Mount Colden in View Par for the course in the ADKs. Herbert Brook Herd Path on Mount Marshall Peek-a-boo Sarge on the Fire Warden's Trail, Mount Hale Sarge and Piper, the Derp Squad on Signal Ridge Castle View in Randolph, NH Rainbow Trail on the way to Carter Dome Sarge above Carter Notch with Wildcat A peak across the way Carter Notch Lake Daddy, is that you?? Making a new friend Ear flappin' - wind sniffin' on Mount Madison Professor Biscuit(s) on Mount Adams Snack break on Mount Adams Happy dog! Cairn watching Sarge says, "Winter is coming soon at Thunderstorm Junction." Back yard peepin' Hide n' seek last place Rocky Branch Trail Heading into the Engine Hill glades Open and easy bushwhackin' Engine Hill glades Mount Isolation Rocky Branch Trail Flume Slide Trail Cooling off the pads! Charging up Flume Slide Mount Flume Taking in the views of the Pemi Wilderness Mount Liberty 4000 foot fluff ball Liberty Spring Trail Livermore Trail Sandwiches in the wilderness...YUMMY! Bottom of North Tripyramid Slide Moment of zen Mountain goat! Top of North Tri Slide Middle Tripyramid viewpoint Sarges 48 finish on Middle Tripyramid. High five'rs all around!! Top of South Tripyramid Slide does this boulder make my fluff butt look too fluffly??!! Peak foliage is over...Soon Snow Patrol Sarge starts heading to the Bowl in Tucks :) View the full article
  6. Date of Hike: 9/21/19 Valley Way: 3.8 miles / Appalachian Trail: 7.0 miles / Davis Path: 15.0 miles / Notch Inn Cutoff: 0.7 miles / Nancy Pond Trail: 6.0 miles / Carrigain Notch Trail: 1.5 miles / Wilderness Trail: 3.5 miles / 3.5 miles / Abandoned Wilderness Trail: 0.5 miles / Bondcliff Trail: 1.9 miles / Franconia Falls & Fisherman's Path: 2.0 miles / Lincoln Brook Trail: 2.1 miles / Brutus Bushwhack: 0.7 miles / Owl's Head Path: 1.8 miles / Lincoln Brook Trail: 2.5 miles / Black Pond Bushwhack & Trail: 2.0 miles / Lincoln Woods Trail: 2.0 miles Total Miles: 53 miles (13,393 feet elevation gained) Trip Report: - It doesn't get much better than spending sunrise to sunset traveling through the spine of the White Mountains, fifty plus miles filled with rich history. Above treeline across the Appalachian Trail, descending back into the trees along the Davis Path to 302. Heading by the old site of Lucy Mill on the way to Norcross Pond. Dropping into the Pemigewasset Wilderness over the old railroad grades along Nancy Pond, Carrigain Notch and Wilderness trails from the J.E. Henry's days. Cruising through the wilderness with not another person seen for miles and miles before finally making my way over to Owl's Head via the deteriorating Fisherman's Path, Lincoln Brook, and Brutus Bushwhack, followed by an exhilarating/scary bear encounter on the way back to civilization! - Started off at 4:50AM from Appalachia along the Valley Way passing by two dozen hikers on my way up to Madison Spring Hut and another dozen coming down from the summit cone as I made my way to Mount Madison. I was amazed about seeing this many people on trail at such an early hour in September, definitely shows the explosion in hiking/trail runners/weeble wobbles in the past couple of years. - Thick fog and clouds blanketed everything above 4,500 feet so no spectacular sunrise from Mount Madison unfortunately. Fortunately, once I left Madison Spring Hut I was ahead of the hiking bubble and cruised across the Appalachian Trail to Washington with the trails all to myself. I made it to the summit of Washington just after 8AM with it all to myself. - Next up, I dropped down to the Davis Path and made the long hike towards Isolation and then past it to Route 302. Clouds broke off quickly as I made my way past the Southside Trail junction following my favorite section of cairn construction above treeline in the White Mountains towards Boott Spur. - Continuing along the Davis Path I headed to treeline passing by a few hikers before having the trail all to myself again over to Mount Isolation. From Isolation the Davis Path takes on a wild and remote feel as it passes by Mount Davis and Giant Stairs. Once past Stairs I started seeing a couple of hikers here and there and then I saw about fifty from Mount Crawford the Davis Path trailhead. - 25 miles and just over 7 hours later I was filtering water from the Sacco River before walking across 302, by the Notchland Inn, and taking a spur trail from the inn through the woods over to the Nancy Pond Trail. It was now after 12PM and it was hot and humid, felt like the start of summer instead of the end. - The hike up to Nancy Cascade was pretty quiet only seeing a handful of hikers, once past the cascade I would be all alone again for the next 10 miles. The hike above the cascade is a very steep half mile burst, it was a grind but well worth it for the view from Norcross Pond. - At the edge of the pond is an outlet with an amazing view looking down into the Pemigewasset Wilderness, I was able to see most of the twenty + miles of my remaining route from this spot. - Now came for the highlight of the day, I had not dropped down the sweet "ramp" of the old railroad grade to Stillwater Junction from Norcross this year so I was excited to be back on it. As always it did not disappoint with some early season foliage here and there as I passed Camp 19, the fern tunnel, and Desolation on my way into the valley. I filtered water at Stillwater and took a short break before heading on. - Past Stillwater I continued onto the Wilderness Trail past Camp 20 as I jogged over to the old site of Trestle #17 / suspension bridge of the East Branch Pemigewasset River. I easily rock hopped across the river as the water levels were the lowest I've ever seen them. From here I strolled along a half mile section of the abandoned Wilderness Trail to the Black Brook Trestle before making my way to Camp 16 onto what is now the lower end of the Bondcliff Trail along the railroad grade. - I was pretty beat up at this moment, 38 miles and just over 10 hours into my "run." I hoped to be jogging this stretch but the warm temps made it a quick hike to the wilderness boundary. - I crossed over the Franconia Brook footbridge, banged a right onto the Franconia Falls Trail and then at the "End of Trail" sign continued on to the Fisherman's Path bushwhack. The past ten years have taken a toll on sections of this whack, it starts off on a well defined path but sputters out in places half way through before returning to a decently defined albeit narrow path. - 42 miles and just over 11 hours in I'm on the Lincoln Brook Trail making the approach to the base of Owl's Head. I pass by a few late day hikers on my way to the start of the Brutus Bushwhack. - At the least water crossing I fill up on water again before one last steep ascent. I slowly hike up the well defined herd path, stopping at one moment to cool myself off from a small runoff before the super steep burst that leaves from a drainage. After 0.7 miles I reach "Brutus Rock," and take a right onto Owl's Head Path, passing by a descending hiker and his dog while moseying up to the ridge followed by a semi jog to the summit of Owl's Head. 45 miles and just under 13 hours in I'm thrilled to be at the summit, now it's time for a nice and calm early evening hike back to Lincoln Woods . . . or so I thought! - Just before the Owl's Head Path drops from the ridge I hear a hiker, he's banging his poles, he's talking loudly, my first though was sweet - a bear! But as soon as I got to him I knew this wasn't the norm for bear encounters up here, which are they speed off or look at you goofily and waddle away. No, this old male was used to people food from lazy or uninformed hikers/backpackers who leave their packs at the bottom of the slide or improperly hang food. Bad news for me is that I had 45 + miles of wrappers and smeared chocolate on my running vest! - So I start clapping my hands and talking to the bear, after a minute the other hiker heads towards the summit, initially the bear follows him for a few feet off trail but then he stops turns around and follows me, now on the trail! I start slowly walking down the Owl's Head Path off the ridge, the bear is in step for step with me about ten to twenty feet away. I pick up a downed branch and bang trees every few seconds, when I stop the bear does eventually stop, five feet away each time. I then start walking backwards downhill and when I'm twenty to thirty feet ahead it starts following me, the times I turn around and start to hike a little faster the bear makes sure to come back to within five feet of me. - So I make the decision that I will not go down Brutus Bushwhack, I'll head down the slide. Once I reach Brutus Rock, I yell at the bear and bang my branch into the ground and pick up and throw a rock near him, he stops, I'm able to walk backwards without him coming towards me, I get thirty feet distance between me an him and knowing I am closing in on the top of the slide with plenty of rocks, plus I'd feel more comfortable in the open space of the slide, I make the sprint down to the top of it. I look back don't see him running towards me, I continue to the middle, look back don't see him, sprint to the lower part and run into the hiker with his dog. I tell him a bear will be coming along and that I'll continue down with him, but this hiker is with the other hiker who I met on the ridge, and says he's going to wait here for him. I had my fill of hanging out with the bear for half a mile so I was not going to stick around to keep talking to a bear until it gets bored and finally goes away. - From here I jet down the remaining tenth of a mile to the Lincoln Brook Trail and trail run for another mile or so. I catch up with two hikers making their way out, and they told me that earlier in the day that bear took someones pack who left it at the bottom of the slide path! Poor bear, I feel bad for him, especially if he leaves the wilderness and starts dumpster diving, his days will be numbered. As for the experience, not going to lie, it was kind of terrifying at times... - My adrenaline finally started to drop quickly as I made it to the Black Pond bushwhack, now I was noticing how sore I was from the impromptu trail run, my legs were getting really tight, luckily the small uphill part of the BP BW helped stretch a few things out. - I turned my headlamp on as I passed by Black Pond as the woods were quickly getting dark. The remaining 2.5 miles to the suspension bridge was quiet and went by semi quickly. - After 53 miles and 14 hours and 50 minutes, I reached the end as the stars were starting to come out. It was quite the day with a little bit of everything, the way I sum it up . . . it was a perfect bookend to a great summer of rock hopping! Elevation over distance profile Map of route Sun burning through the clouds Solo choo choo Making my way up to Washington Quiet on the summit! Clouds blowing off Am I on a plane taking a picture from the window seat or above treeline on a trail??!! Davis Path The beautiful above treeline section of Davis Path The row of cairns marking the way towards Boot Spur Mount Washington Making the drop to treeline Entering the Presidential Dry River Wilderness View from Mount Isolation Entering the Pemi Wilderness. New sign! Norcross Pond The view of the Pemi Wilderness valley from Norcross outlet Lower end of the Nancy Pond Trail...it's lovely! Camp 19 clearing Early foliage along the East Branch Old fern tunnel railroad grade! Stillwater Junction Camp 20 relics Camp 20 relics East Branch Pemigewasset at Trestle #17, and the old site of the suspension bridge Black Brook trestle Summit of Owl's Head Black Pond Owl's Head from Black Pond View the full article
  7. Date of Run: 8/10/19 Basin Trail: 2.2 miles / Basin Rim Trail: 1.4 miles / Meader Ridge Trail: 2.0 miles / Eagle Link: 2.7 miles / Wild River Trail: 4.8 miles / Wildcat River Trail: 1.7 miles / Appalachian Trail: 10.9 miles / Kenduskeag Trail: 2.7 miles / Shelburne Trail: 3.2 miles / Wild River Road: 0.6 miles Total Miles: 32.2 (9,408 feet elevation gained) AMC White Mountain Guide Trip Report: - the annual MMD 50K run with a fun group of trail runners took place along some of the most lightly used trails (Eagle Link, Wild River Trail, Shelburne Trail), along with the heavily used Appalachian Trail from Carter Notch past Mount Moriah. - The weather was nice and cool in the morning with a few showers along Meader Ridge and heading up Carter Dome. The trails were slick so we all used caution, especially for the nasty descent off North Carter which has been the scene of a few bad hiker falls over the years. - For the first half of the run to Carter Notch Hut I ran with Ben and Hilary, along with Ben's dog Wish. During the second half I ran with Nate and Todd, and Nate's dog Piper. - Some of the highlights of the run; the clouds lifting and staying just above us for some nice views into the Wild River Valley, watching rain showers close in on us from the Presidential Range, the post run BBQ, Kyle meeting me at the finish with Sarge, and waking up the next day with a fun rash on my right leg, most likely Poison Oak, the first time I have ever gotten any rash on or off trail in the Whites! - For backpackers, hikers or runners, I would definitely suggest checking out the trails branching off from the Wild River. Some of these trails are Eagle Link, which heads up to the Baldfaces / Meader Ridge, between June and late September expect summer growth encroaching the trail. Shelburne Trail which heads to Shelburne Moriah Mountain via Kenduskeag Trail, which is an open summit with tremendous views, much better than 4K Moriah to the south. Moriah Brook Trail, very lightly traveled as you will most likely will not see anyone, it leads up to the Carter-Moriah Trail just over a mile south of Mount Moriah, it can be very muddy and overgrown in spots but still not hard to follow if you pay attention. Black Angel Trail leaving from the Rim Junction this trail heads down and across the Wild River then up to just north of Carter Dome's summit, the trail up to Dome has a very wild feel to it. Wildcat River Trail, the southern terminus of the Wild River Trail, a much quieter and attractive approach to Carter Notch Hut compared to the Nineteen-Mile Brook Trail. Last but not least, Rainbow Trail, this heads up to Carter Dome's summit, traveling through one of the best on trail Birch glades in the White Mountains! Map of the route Elevation profile Ben and Hilary taking a look over to the Baldfaces Running Meader Ridge Eagle Link, it's a jungle in there! The gang heads up the steep ascent to Carter Dome Running past the Dome's summit Taking a break on Mount Hight Hilary and Nate taking in the views from Hight Carefully making our way over the slabs along the A.T. Todd leads the way to Middle Carter Very well placed but very slick bog bridges Nate drops in on the nasty descent off North Carter Piper, Todd, and Nate on Mount Moriah Piper, his second MMD! Piper and Todd head up Shelburne Moriah Leaving Shleburne We catch up with Justin and cool off in the Wild River Piper goes for a swim! Post Run BBQ group pic. In case any of the "old guard" yell at clouds types see this and start to assume a bunch of BS, no we did not run all together ignoring wilderness group size regulations. There were groups of eight that started at 5-6-7AM. which quickly spread out to even less than that. :) Volunteers did a great job painting the rocks this years :) On Monday, Sarge headed into Tucks to take the last turns of the 2018-2019 ski season! Scoping out a line...about to drop in... Send it Sarge!!! View the full article
  8. July Hiking/Running (292 miles & 112,000 feet elevation gained) In early July I turned 40 years old, officially joining the "over the hill" stage of life, or as I like to refer to it, "over the mountain" hike of life. :) I wanted and try to make the month I turned forty memorable and it ended up being a great one. Warm weather and lack of storms made for favorable hiking conditions for pre and post work hikes & runs during the week with Sarge, along with more adventurous routes on the weekends. Sarge was able to hike a few more new 4,000 foot mountains with the puppy brigade (Piper, Toby, Dylan, & Wish), while running up and down the Black Mountain ski trails every Friday Night with several other dogs as part of Friday Night Vert. Click here for info on FNV. I myself was able to knock off a few bucket list items, my main goal for the summer was to hike 24 4K Peaks in one push over a calendar day (Peak to Peak). Trip Report Here. Along with completing this goal I was also able to summit Mount Washington for the 100th time, run a sub five hour Presi Traverse (4:47), and gain over 100K in elevation during the month. So it was a good start to being forty, hopefully I can keep it going on and off trail, hiking and running, at a variety of speed and mileages for a few more years before my body tells me it's time to throttle down! Sarge's Instagram can be followed here / My Strava feed is here (you need to have an account to see more than just the overview page) Enjoy the pictures :) Sarge heading towards the summit of Shelburne Moriah Sarge on the Polecat Ski Trail The snow arch in Tucks lasted until mid July before collapsing! Lakes of the Clouds and Mount Washington Lakes, the hut, and Washington as seen from Mount Monroe Sarge looking into the Pemigewasset Wilderness from North Twin Sarge & Piper! Sarge on West Bond with Bondcliff in the background High Fives with Ashley on Mount Bond! Sarge hiking to Bondcliff Sarge on Bondcliff looking into Hellgate Ravine A nice cascade along the Great Gulf Trail Heading up the Great Gulf headwall Moose strolling along Tuckerman Ravine Trail Sarge and Toby! Sarge, Dylan, and Toby Cookie time with Larisa! Dry River Falls Todd makes his way up the lightly used and narrow Dry River Trail Lakes of the Clouds Todd running along the Crawford Path Dropping down the Wamsutta Trail with Adams and Madison in view Looking down to Mount Monroe high above on the Crawford Path Cog Tracks during the golden hour Summit of Mount Jefferson Sarge on Bald Peak Friday Night Vert, muddy and tired puppy! Friday Night Vert Sarge sitting shotgun! View the full article
  9. Date of Hike: 7/3/19 Lincoln Woods Trail: 1.4 miles / Osseo Trail: 4.4 miles / Franocnia Ridge Trail: 5.0 miles / Garfield Ridge Trail: 6.6 miles / Frost Trail: 0.8 miles / Twinway 0.8 miles / North Twin Spur: 2.6 miles / Twinway: 2.0 miles / Bondcliff Trail: 0.8 miles / West Bond Spur: 1.0 miles / Bondcliff Trail: 3.0 miles / Twinway: 4.3 miles / Lend-A-Hand Trail: 5.4 miles / Twinway: 0.4 miles / Zealand Trail: 0.3 miles / A-Z Trail: 2.7 miles / Mount Tom Spur: 1.2 miles / Willey Range Trail: 4.9 miles / Avalon & A-Z Trail: 2.7 miles / Webster-Jackson Trail: 2.6 miles / Webster Cliff Trail: 2.7 miles / Crawford Path: 1.2 miles / Mount Eisenhower Loop: 0.8 miles / Crawford Path: 1.4 miles / Mount Monroe Loop: 0.7 miles / Crawford Path: 1.6 miles / Gulfside Trail: 2.7 miles / Mount Jefferson Loop: 0.7 miles / Gulfside Trail: 1.5 miles / Isreal Ridge & Lowe's Path: 0.3 miles / Airline: 0.6 miles / Gulfside Trail: 0.3 miles / Osgood Trail: 0.9 miles / Valley Way: 3.8 miles Flume to Madison: 62.15 miles (23,159 feet elevation gained) AMC White Mountain Guide Online Total Miles: 71.5 (26,659 feet elevation gained) AMC White Mountain Guide Online Trip Report: - Summer is in full swing in the White Mountains, it took forever to get here as we went straight from snow and cold to mud and bugs to hot and humid. Long days and warm temps mean one thing to me . . . getting to spend 24 + hours on my feet traveling through the heart of the White Mountains. - Tuesday 8PM, Gorham, Todd arrives at my house to over my gear, food, and fuel list. He's going to car spot me from Appalachia to Lincoln Woods. He will also be joining me for the final push through peaks #17-24 during an extended Presidential Range Traverse. - 9:18 PM, Lincoln Woods suspension bridge over the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River. I mosey my way along the old railroad grade of the Lincoln Woods Trail before heading up to Mount Flume via the Osseo Trail reaching the summit at 11:30PM. It's a beautiful night out, very dark as there is a new moon, the stars and Milky Way look as if I could reach out and touch them. I take a break and wait until midnight while thinking about the long path ahead over the next 24 hours, knowing as long as I don't injure myself I should be able to make it to Madison's summit by 12AM the next night, I'm nervous and excited! - 12AM, I'm off heading north along the Franconia Ridge Trail, within a minute I have an issue with my new headlamp as it went into low beam energy saver mode, so weird, but luckily I was using two headlamps and my old trusty one brightly lit the way and I booked it across to Mount Liberty passing by its open summit at 12:22 AM. - Next two peaks, Lincoln (1:07AM) and Lafayette (1:25AM), were above treeline along the majestic ridge high above Franconia Notch and the Pemi Wilderness. There's nothing quite like traversing the ridge at night with millions of stars having the whole trail to yourself, one that is swarmed with hikers during the day. - From Lafayette's summit I joined the Garfield Ridge Trail, the king of the PUDs in the White Mountains, six miles of mostly nothingness! However, I find that in the dark it's much more enjoyable and I easily made my way to the bare summit of Mount Garfield (2:40AM), where I chug the rest of my Gatorade and water before dropping down to Garfield Spring. The spring is the best on trail spring in the White Mountains, I chug ice cold water straight from the source, put Gatorade powder in my empty bottle and enjoy the refreshing taste before heading towards Galehead Mountain 3.63 miles away summiting at 4:08AM. - Next up was the steep climb up to South Twin along the Twinway, but first I stopped at Galehead Hut to fill up on water and Gatorade while waking up the A.T. thru hikers who were sleeping on the floor, cock-a-doodle-do! - South Twin is a relentless climb with a quarter mile stretch of jagged unforgiving boulders in the middle of the climb. It was still too early to switch off the headlamp making the ascent a little more interesting but I made good time up to the summit arriving at 4:51AM, headlamp turned off for the next sixteen + hours. - First out and back of the day, North Twin, it's an easy out and back with good footing, North Twin summit 5:15AM. From the summit outlook I gaze across the Pemi, it's already hazy at such an early hour, it's going to be a hot one, time to get moving. - I made my way back to South Twin and across the Twinway to the Bondcliff Trail junction, second out and back of the day, the three peaks of the Bonds, West Bond (6:33AM), Bond (7:01AM), Bondcliff (7:24AM). On West Bond Spur I finally see the first hikers of the day, interestingly enough the trails ended up being relatively quiet throughout the whole day. - Views from each of the Bonds were phenomenal as always, even if it was hazy. It was also still early enough that the heat wasn't a factor yet as I traveled over the open ridge of Bondcliff. - Now it was time to leave the ring around the Pemi and drop into an area that holds the heat like a hot box, Zealand-Hale-Willey Range. Heading to Zealand is no big deal, easy trek from Guyot, I stepped on the wooded summit at 8:40AM. I then dropped down to the Zealand Falls Hut hoping for baked goods, no dice! I filled up my water and Gatorade and started the out and back of Hale along the Lend-A-Hand Trail, the one part of the day I was dreading, especially since I was craving different food than what was in my pack. It felt like a slog but I made good time to the summit arriving at 10:33AM before backtracking to the hut and arriving just as the baked goods were put out, perfect timing! I stuffed my face with two iced cinnamon rolls, maple bread, cookies, and purchased some jerky from the hut croo. - Feeling refreshed and energized I zoomed my way up the A-Z Trail to the Willey Range before slowing down again as afternoon hit and the heat started becoming a factor, Tom (12:44PM), Field (1:18PM), Willey (1:51PM). I throttled down across the ridge and conserved my energy, I was able to send a text out to Todd saying I'll be down to Crawford Notch at 3:15PM. - 3:15 PM - 3:30 PM, Crawford Notch. Todd had a chair set up, a cooler with cold water and Gatorade + soda + iced coffee. Food, more specifically carb loaded foods! I stuffed my face, drank a bunch, switched from my unlta-light Osprey Rev 6 pack to my Nathan's running vest. - 3:30PM, Webster-Jackson Trail to Mount Jackson, it's oppressively hot out, I dunk my head at the water crossing and pour water over my whole body, instantly cooling off and feeling better. Todd supplies me with salt and electrolyte tablets to be proactive about cramps and bonking, I've never taken either of them before but they must have worked because I never felt like I was going to fold like a cheap suit. - Mount Jackson, 4:49PM, from here we travel the Webster Cliff Trail to Mizpah hut for reloading water and Gatorade before the steep climb up to Mount Pierce (5:42PM). - Now it's above treeline the whole way, and what a later afternoon it is in the Alpine Zone, nice temps and a nice breeze. I'm on trails I consider my backyard, time to enjoy the quiet trek through the Presidential Range as the sun slowly fades. - 6:15PM - Mount Eisenhower, 7:11PM - Mount Monroe. We make it to Lakes of the Clouds Hut and refill and refuel. Time for the last big climb up to the rock pile. - We time the hike up and down the flanks of Mount Washington perfectly, catching the "Golden Hour" on both sides of the summit cone. As the sun drops everything around us starts glistening in gold. It's a ghost town on the summit upon our arrival at 7:59PM. Twenty down, three to go! - We catch an amazing sunset passing below Mount Clay on the way to Mount Jefferson, reaching the summit at 9:05PM. From the summit we can see fireworks being set off from two towns to our west, maybe Littleton and Lancaster. - Headlamps back on for the final two peaks over the odd sized boulders of the Northern Presidential Range. Thank goodness for being lucky enough to be blessed with extremely good balance as I've now been on my feet for over 24 hours! - 10:06PM - Mount Adams, one more down and up and almost two hours to do it in. Feeling refreshed we make great time over to Madison's summit making it there at 10:45PM (22 hours and 45 minutes since leaving Flume's summit). We turn off the headlamps and look down on Berlin and Gorham and across at the dark outline of the range, we could have stayed there forever as the weather was absolutely perfect. - After ten minutes we head down to Madison Springs Hut, refill water and Gatorade and wake up the A.T. thru-hikers sleeping on the floor before heading down Valley Way. We made good time descending, even jogging the final two miles once the trail transitioned from rocks, roots, and mud to a nice soft dirt track. 12:24AM, Appalachia, finally off my feet after 27 hours since leaving Lincoln Woods trailhead! - It was an incredible night-day-night in the White Mountains. I hydrated and fueled extremely well and my body held up extremely well. Huge thanks to my small support crew, Todd on trail duty, helping pace me through the Presi's and making sure I stayed far ahead of any issues by giving me salt and electrolyte tablets, a caffeine gel, and yummy pumpkin bread and crumb cake along the way. Also, a big thanks to my friend Ashley, who house and dog-sat Sarge, taking him on a hike of North and South Twin, 4K peaks number 36 & 37 for him, YAY SARGE!!! :) - As for how I feel about what I was able to accomplish, I feel really lucky to be able to see sunrise and sunset, to push myself physically while taking in every moment and thoroughly enjoying myself. The White Mountains are a wonderful area rich in history and I do not do these hikes/runs for FKT purposes, recognition, or attention. Long before social media there were men and women much stronger, tougher, and faster than me who completed large routes with grace while being humble about their accomplishments and encouraging others. I dedicate this hike/run to every one of them. :) Map of Route Elevation over distance profile Garfield Spring South Twin Mountain Dawn from the Twin Range Presidential Range Sunrise from the North Twin Spur Fireball in the sky, it's going to be a hot one! Bondcliff / Twinway junction Bondcliff Bondcliff Ridge West Bond and Hellgate Ravine Twinway passing by Zeacliff Zealand Pond 16 down 18 to go. Mount Willey summit Presidential Range as seen from Mount Jackson Eisenhower, Monroe, Washington Mount Pierce from Mount Eisenhower Loop Monroe through Jefferson as seen from Mount Eisenhower Presidential Range Red Pond and the intersecting trails north of Mount Eisenhower Heading north along the oldest maintain trail in the United States, Crawford Path Lil' Monroe and Mount Monroe with Washington looming large behind them Shadows creeping over the Dry River Valley Lakes of the Clouds and Mount Washington High on the Crawford Path looking back at where I've come since midnight! Southern Presidential Range Todd on Washington! The Golden Hour along the Cog Railway Northern Presidential Range Heading along the tracks Mount Washington and Monroe basking in the fading light Sunset Sun still trying to burn through the haze It was really cool to watch the sunset Another sunset pic One last sunset pic! Monticello Lawn My silhouette from the summit of Mount Jefferson Todd on Mount Adams! Summit of Mount Madison! Time to go home :) Trails taken around the Pemi Trails taken from Zealand-Hale-Willey Range Trails taken through the Presidential Range My support team! Trail duty - Todd, Sarge duty - Ashley :) View the full article
  10. Date of Hike: 4/25/19 Jewell Trail: 3.7 Miles / Gulfside Trail: 2.8 miles / Jewell Trail: 3.7 miles Total Miles: 10.2 (4,318 feet elevation gained) Garmin Forerunner 920XT Trip Report: - Long time, no trip report! I have still been hiking with Sarge quite frequently, with an Instagram page for him here (sgt._pepper_goldendoodle). Also, all my hikes automatically get uploaded to Strava, so unless it's one of my original routes or one where I snapped some really good pictures, I will not be updating the blog as much. Luckily, there is a tremendous amount of reports on here for the past ten years making for a solid catalog of data and info for hikers to peruse through. My Strava profile is here (Chris Dailey Strava), you need Strava to view my hikes and follow me, but I do upload the links to the trip report page on this blog and those can be viewed individually. - On Thursday, Sarge and I joined Ashley for a spring hike of Mount Washington. Trail conditions have drastically changed over the past two weeks in the White Mountains, from deep solid snowpack to mud, running water, and snow with failing monorail. I chose the Jewell Trail because it melts out relatively fast compared to the Amoonoosuc Ravine Trail which holds snow much longer below treeline as it doesn't get good sun exposure. - The first two miles were mostly bare ground with a few tenths of a mile of rotting snow. The last mile to treeline was when conditions got really interesting, balance beam of snow, some solid, some failing. It was quite the workout, we made the best of it and laughed off our slip and falls. - When we broke above treeline conditions were still tedious as the previous days snowfall was melting fast but made things very slippery. We were hiking in thick clouds when all of a sudden around 5,800 feet we were suddenly above the clouds in bright sunshine! - We moseyed our way up to the observation deck enjoying the undercast. At the summit, Ashley went inside to visit her OBS friends who work up there, (fyi, the observatory is still closed to the public). Sarge and I basked in the sunshine and hung out on the deck until Ashley reappeared with some cookies the staff made! - After chilling on the summit and snapping photos we started to descend, and just as we started heading down the clouds broke open below us making for stunning views of the Great Gulf and the Northern Presidential Range. - We timed our descent perfectly, the views kept get better and the trail had now melted and dried up making our drop back to treeline much easier. Once back in the woods we battled the failing monorail for a mile before a relaxing last two miles back to the car. - It was a great day to head up to the rock pile, Sarge had a blast and so did Ashley and I. :) Below treeline, hiking on top of the rare Old Man's Beard monorail Sarge at the tracks wanting to see a train Still waiting for that train! Top of Mount Washington Sarge with a sea of clouds behind him Summit photo! Ashley on top of the tower Just hanging out Ashley and Sarge on Washington! Sarge enjoying the undercast I'm going to dodge it. train dodge, dig it! Trust me, this is his excited face! Clearing out of the Great Gulf This was pretty cool to see as we hiked back down Ashley enjoying the clearing of the Great Gulf Peekaboo Sarge, do you see him??!! View the full article
  11. Date of Hike: 3/8/19 Nineteen-Mile Brook Trail: 1.8 miles / Carter Dome Trail: 1.8 miles Carter Moriah Trail: 5.1 miles / North Cater Trail: 1.2 miles / Imp Trail: 3.0 miles / Camp Dodge Cutoff & NH16: 0.8 miles Total Miles: 12.6 (5,062 feet elevation gained) Garmin Forerunner 920XT Trip Report: - Friday I took a vacation day to join Larisa and Todd for a high snow pack hike of Mount Hight, Carter Dome, South & Middle Carter. Also joining us were our furry friends Sarge, Toby, and Dylan. - The weather was in the low thirties with no wind, we wore our snowshoes from start to finish which were needed as the snow was soft along the ridge with wind drifts between Zeta Pass to Middle Carter before running into another pair of hikers. - The two highlights of the day were the amazing views from Mount Hight and the high snow pack above the shrub hike up to Carter Dome revealing views that I have only seen once before almost ten winters ago when the mountains last got hammered all season long with several snow storms and consistent cold temps. - The high snow meant hiking/fighting through the tops of trees in spots along the ridge but I honestly didn't think it was too bad considering what I had been reading from trail condition reports. Maybe it's the bushwhacking adventures I have gone on that has muted my response to hiking through a low trail corridor in winter. - Dylan, Sarge, and Toby had a blast running up ahead of us and playing with each other along the way. On the way up Mount Hight, Dylan even bushwhacked for a little bit before showing back up behind us on our way up Carter Dome, we have no idea where he went but he seemed to have fun wherever it was! - This was one of my favorite hikes of the Carter Range to date. Usually, they are not too exciting but with the high snow levels and the winter wonderland scene it makes it a much more enjoyable hike. :) Toby and Larisa hike up to Mount Hight Sarge on Mount Hight Sarge close up! Larisa and Toby with Mount Washington looming large across the notch Ravine of the Raymond Cataract and Huntington Ravine Sarge taking in the views :) Sage and his permanent old man face! Leaving Hight and on the way to Carter Dome Usually we are in the trees here Awesome view-full hike along the ridge between Hight and Carter Dome Making our way along the A.T. Way a day! The gang heads north along the A.T. South Carter summit Summit treats! Sarge hikes through the alpine meadow between South and Middle Carter Chargin' Sarge :) Hi daddy, do you have any treats for me on Middle Carter??!! View the full article
  12. Date of Hike: 3/2/19 Sawyer River Road: 2.0 miles / Signal Ridge Trail: 10.0 miles / Sawyer River Road: 2.0 miles Total Miles 14.0 (4,355 feet elevation gained) Garmin Forerunner 920XT Trip Report: - Sarge loves hiking in the snowy White Mountains as he plucks away at his 48 - 4,000 footers of New Hampshire. Saturday was a puppy party on Mount Carrigain as Sarge got to hike with five other dogs! It was his biggest mile day yet and he loved every second of it while hanging out with other pups. All pics from everyone can be viewed by clicking here Sarge, Wish, Toby, Dylan, Piper, Bennett What do you have in there...treats??!! Piper, Toby, and Bennett leading the way! Sarge waits for daddy to catch up Come on daddy, catch up! Signal Ridge Sarge! Wish takes a selfie! Sometimes I lick the yummies off my nose Sarge with the Pemigewasset Wilderness behind him Piper, Bennett, and Toby play fighting Sarge always has "Old Man Face" when I ask him to sit for a pic Sarge playing with Dylan on Signal Ridge View the full article
  13. Date of Hike: 2/23/19 Jewell Trail & Snowfields: 3.4 Miles / Mount Clay Loop: 0.6 miles / Gulfside Trail: 0.7 miles / Mount Jefferson Loop: 0.8 miles / Gulfside Trail & Snowfields: 2.5 miles / Snowfields & Crawford Path & Mount Monroe Loop: 2.0 miles / Amoonoosuc Ravine Trail: 3.0 miles Total Miles: 13.0 (6,228 feet elevation gained) Garmin Forerunner 920XT Trip Report: - The previous weekend I took advantage of the nice weather by heading up and down the Ammo to Monroe and Washington, this weekend I went up the Jewell Trail on my way to Jefferson then headed over to Washington and Monroe and down the Ammo. - The Jewell Trail does see some decent hiker traffic, but not nearly as much as the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail which also sees back-country ski traffic along with hoards of hikers looking to hike Monroe and Washington. - I got what I thought was a late start, 8AM, but after a half mile I caught up with two other hikers and then had the whole trail to myself while enjoying an easy to moderate trail breaking ascent to treeline. At treeline I stayed on the trail for a little bit, but I found snowfields off trail a better option and made a b-line up to Mount Clay for some nice views of the Great Gulf and Mount Washington. From Clay's summit I dropped back down to the A.T., ditched my snowshoes for light traction, and made the quick out and back over to Jefferson. I started bumping into a few hikers doing a Presi Traverse on my way to Jefferson and then on my way back along the A.T. around Mount Clay I started seeing hikers every few minutes. - I put my snowshoes on at this point and made my way up Washington bumping into my friends Todd, Larisa and her two dogs, and Sue & Chris. After catching up with them I jumped back off trail and used the snowfields to ascend to the summit of Washington. - On my descent from Washington I took a few shortcuts and stuck to the snowfields again. When I passed a few conga lines heading up, all in face protection, crampons, and some with ice axes they looked puzzled/concerned as to why I was off trail and only in snowshoes. It was a little funny as the snow conditions were sometimes much better off trail for safer travel! - After making it to Lakes of the Clouds and then the summit of Monroe I dropped off onto the eastern snowfields. There is a little chute about fifty yards north of the summit where you can drop in and easily make your way back to the Crawford Path if the snow conditions are right. For the second week in a row there was about a half foot to a foot of powder over crunchy snow, perfect for a fun controlled snow shoe ski descent. - After hiking back around the "Monroe Bend" along the Crawford Path (A.T.) I made a quick and quiet descent back to the trailhead before heading home, ending another perfect day in the White Mountains. :) Hiking up the Jewell Trail. In the winter/snow it is a much prettier trail below treeline The trail corridor is very well defined, although it gets a little narrow in spots Breaking above treeline and taking in the sun's rays :) I got to follow some footy tracks above treeline for a little bit! Just south of Mount Clay's summit, looking at another bump of Clay and Washington and Monroe Mount Adams as seen from Mount Jefferson The boulders are covered in rime ice and snow, making for a much softer look to the rock field of the northern presi's Monticello Lawn, Clay and Washington. The Great Gulf headwall in view Hiking south along the Gulfside Trail (A.T.) When the snow buries the rocks it makes for much easier footing along the trails Cog Railway and the Southern Presidential Range Lakes of the Clouds and Mount Monroe zoom-in. If you look close enough you can see a few hikers ascending the Ammo, they look like little dots! Mount Clay Loop junction Clay, Jefferson, Adams, Madison Mount Washington Observatory Stage coach building Snow and ice blasted summit tower Heading down towards Lakes and Monroe Looking back up at the summit, I came straight down, the trail is off to the left and swings to the right higher up towards the tower Lakes of the Clouds and Mount Monroe Lakes of the Clouds and Mount Washington Southern Presidential Range Summit of Mount Monroe Early afternoon sun shining over Mount Monroe Pano of Lakes of the Clouds and Washington Zoom in of the summit cone, a few conga lines of hikers can be seen! Buried Lakes of the Clouds Hut. Looking back at the hut as I descend Sarge in charge! Sarge likes to hike too, here he is the day before venturing into Tuckerman Ravine! He has an Insta-face account, which can be followed here sgt._pepper_goldendoodle View the full article
  14. Date of Hike: 1/14/18 Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail: 2.3 miles / Crawford Path: 3.0 miles / Mount Monroe Loop: 0.6 miles / Ammonnosuc Ravine Trail: 2.3 miles Total Miles 8.2 (4,180 feet elevation gained) Garmin Forerunner 920 XT Trip Report: - Monday morning I got up early and drove to Marshfield Station to hike Mount Washington. I lucked out with incredible weather, cold but comfortable (mid teens) with absolutely no wind above treeline on my way up Washington and only a slight breeze on Mount Monroe's summit cone. - Trail conditions were great, the televators and aggressive crampons on my snowshoes came in really handy for the steep sledded out luge from Gem Pool up to treeline below Lakes of the Clouds. From Lakes I kept my snowshoes on but I could have easily switched into light traction to motor my way up to the summit. The reason for keeping my snowshoes on was so I could take a few shortcuts on some steeper off trail sections on the way up and down. - When I reached the summit I took a few pictures and wandered around for about ten minutes before booking it back down to Lakes before making the quick out and back to Monroe's summit. - Unfortunately I had to head back down to get on my computer to work or I would have spent the whole day up there! Started my morning off parking in the upper Cog lot. Usually I park at the USFS Ammonoosuc trailhead, but since the government shutdown it's not plowed so I parked here, forking over $10 Beautiful morning above treeline as I approach Lakes of the Clouds Hut Lakes buried in snow, there is actually a little less snow than last month when Whitney and I took Sarge up to Mount Monroe On my way to Washington Passing by Lakes of the Clouds, you would never know it was under all this snow! Easy hiking up Crawford Path Approaching the summit towers Pano of the towers Mount Washington summit Northern Presidential Range (Jefferson, Adams, Madison) Looking towards Ball and Nelson Crag Looking north into Maine and the Mahoosuc Range Zoom-in on the Mahoosuc Notch! Summit area The chained down Stage Office If hiking Mount Washington from the east, the worst part of ascending from the Tuckerman Ravine Trail is the dreaded staircase! Hiking back down from the summit there were some cool ripple snow wave formations Descending Crawford Path Mount Monroe Zoom-in of Lakes of the Clouds Hut and Mount Monroe Twin Range and Franconia Ridge zoom-in As I was hiking down a helicopter flew over the summit, pretty cool! Lakes of the Clouds Hut Mount Washington as seen from Mount Monroe Lakes of the Clouds Hut Lakes of the Clouds Hut and Mount Washington Mount Washington Zoom-in Zoom-in of the summit towers Southern Presidential Range Mount Carrigain Lakes of the Clouds must have melted and flowed over and then flash freezed just north of the hut View the full article
  15. Date of Hike: 12/16/18 Avalon Trail: 1.3 miles / A-Z Trail: 1.0 miles / Mount Tom Spur: 1.2 miles / Willey Range Trail: 3.7 miles / Avalon Trail: 2.8 miles / Crawford Path: 4.3 miles / Mount Eisenhower Loop: 0.8 miles / Crawford Path: 1.2 miles / Webster Cliff Trail: 0.2 miles / Crawford Path: 3.1 miles Total Miles: 19.6 miles (7,892 feet elevation gained) Trip Report: - Sunday's plan was to head up Jefferson, Washington, and Monroe. However, as I was driving up Base Station Road I got the sense that the wind was whipping a little stronger than forecasted. With this in mind I decided to stay lower instead of battling the winds for an extended period of time above treeline. - I headed to Crawford Notch for an early hike of the Willey Range. I only saw two other hikers until almost back to the trailhead, The trails were well packed down and my snowshoes went for a free ride strapped to my backpack. - Views from the outlooks near the summits of Tom, Field, and Willey were great. The Presidential Range seemed so close and looked great covered in deep white snow. I was kind of regretting not heading up there but the wind was blowing pretty steady at 4,000 feet even as I was protected in the snow covered woods well below treeline. - As I made my way across the range and back down I realized that I was going to be done hiking around 10:45AM. My options were to head back to Gorham for some afternoon strength training at the gym, or walk across the street and head up Crawford Path. It was an easy decision to make as I ditched my snowshoes, changed into my winter trail runners, and motored up towards Mount Pierce with the option of heading to Eisenhower if the current conditions of partly sunny skies with high clouds held. - As I reached treeline I headed over to Eisenhower first, and other than seeing two older hikers who tried to scare me off about high winds, I had the ridge-line to myself. It was a fun hike up to Eisenhower, winds out of the southeast were burying most tracks within minutes. The final push to the summit was aided by this wind as it felt like I was drafting which made for an easy summit push. On the way down was a different story, the winds picked up tiny ice crystals and were blasting everywhere, if I had to guess the wind speed was above 40MPH, luckily temps were hovering around freezing so it felt refreshing to battle the wind back down below the summit cone. - Once reaching Crawford Path, I scooted back south and made the quick trip up to Mount Pierce while watching the clouds quickly move in high above in front of the sun making for an interesting shade/light scene. After snapping a few pics I quickly made my way back down below treeline and back to the trailhead, finishing at 1:30PM. - It was a nice way to spend the last weekend of the fall as winter officially starts next Friday afternoon! Presidential Range as seen from an outlook near Mount Tom's summit Looking over to West Field (I think) and Carrigain Notch Mount Field Tunnel of snow along the Willey Range Trail. I recommend hiking these peaks in snow, much more of a pleasant and beautiful experience Presidential Range from Mount Field's downlook Sun and clouds above the White Mountains Pano of the Presidential Range from the Willey outlook Crawford Notch Mount Carrigian Presidential Range as seen from Crawford Path at treeline View of Washington, Clay, and Jefferson from Mount Eisenhower's summit Heading back south along the ridge-line between Ike and Pierce Clouds starting to move in creating a really cool shady vibe along the Crawford Path This was really cool to hike as the clouds tried to block out the sun Looking back to Mount Eisenhower The snow drifts can be very deep through these pockets Making my way up towards the sun and the clouds Heading up to Mount Pierce One last look at Eisenhower, Franklin (tough to make out), Monroe, and Washington View the full article
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