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  • 4k footers climbed
    Cannon Mtn., Mt. Moosilauke, North Kinsman, South Kinsman, Mt. Lafeyette, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Osceola, Mt. Osceola East Peak, Mt. Moriah, Mt. Tecumseh, Mt. Willey, Mt. Field, Mt. Tom, North Trypyramid, Middle Tripyramid, Mt. Flume, Mt. Liberty, North Twin Mtn, South Twin Mtn, Mt. Cabot, Wildcat D, Wildcat, Mt. Hancock, Mt. Hancock South Peak, Mt. Waumbek, Mt. Hale, Mt. Carrigain, Owl's Head, Mt. Passaconaway, Mt. Whiteface, Mt. Isolation, Galehead Mtn., Mt. Garefield, Carter Dome, South Carter Mtn, Middle Carter Mtn
  1. I have a few I have enjoyed so far. The Nineteen Mile Brook Trail was great in early June. I enjoy any trail near a brook/stream/river and the amount of wild flowers to photograph was nice as well. The lower half of the Flume Slide Trail was nice with the brook crossings and it was just tight enough through the trees that it seemed secluded even though you weren't. The slide was fun as well. Off the top of my head, those have been two of my favorites. Although I have a long list of others I have enjoyed.
  2. Carter Dome & South Carter Mtn. & Middle Carter Mtn. 11-18-12 Nineteen Mile Brook Trail --> Carter Dome Trail --> Carter-Moriah Trail --> North Carter Trail --> Imp Trail --> Small Bushwhack --> Route 16 Distance: 11.5 mi. (Mtn) 0.4 mi. (Road) 11.9 mi. (Total) Elevation Gain: 3,396 ft. (Overall) 4,665 ft. (Total) Time: 3:39 (Carter Dome) 4:44 (South Carter) 5:31 (Middle Carter) 7:52 (Total) The trail is gentle and easy to start. It follows the brook and shows signs of erosion from Tropical Storm Irene, but work has been done to make it easy to walk up. There was one patch of ice on some bare rock early on, then nothing for a while longer. The bridge that was half washed away in the storm didn't have the planks over the remainder of the brook that it did in June, but the crossing was still pretty easy. We took a few different routes all with no problems. Partial bridge crossing We turned left up the Carter Dome Trail. This trail certainly shows signs of wash out as well. But again, work has been done to fix it back up. After a while of gradual climbing, the trail starts into some switchbacks and gets a bit steeper. There were a few small brook crossings in here, but nothing bad. We just had to look first for ice before choosing a route across. Before long, we were at Zeta Pass and took a break. Carter Dome Trail Group break With the patches of ice this morning, we decided we should go up the steep trail to Mt. Hight first, rather than come down it. Being the slower hiker today, I led up this section so we wouldn't get spread out at different paces. Taking a few short breathers on the way up, we were soon to Mt. Hight without any issues. There really wasn't any ice in this section. We took in the great views in all directions and had time for a snack and gear adjustment. Presidential Range from Mt. Hight South and Middle Carters from Mt. Hight To keep on schedule, we soon headed out to Carter Dome. The easy trek to the first 4K peak of the day took only 30 minutes more. We discussed the fire tower remains some and all enjoyed the view from the look out at the top. Soon we were off and headed back to Zeta Pass. The trail was a bit rocky and places and had some small patches of ice. It went by quick though as we were carrying a good pace. Once into the pass, we headed up towards South Carter keeping a decent pace. We took a few short breaks on the way up. Again, before long, we were at the summit of South Carter. Carter Dome view point North up the range from Carter Dome Zeta Pass The last time I was here it was raining at this point and I was in the clouds. I didn't even notice the small view point right off the trail. Today I went out to it and took in the views into Maine. Another short break later, and we were off again. We gradually worked down into the col between the peaks (which still doesn't look like 200 feet from a distance). View from South Carter Working up towards Middle Carter, the trail is a series of nearly flats stretches with quick steeper climbs between. In here my thighs were starting to get a bit tight, so I took a couple quick breaks before we all took one within sight of the summit. Even with the breaks, my legs started to cramp up pretty bad just before the summit. I pushed through it and eventually caught back up to the group at the summit. After a break there, I was good to go the rest of the way. View up to Middle Carter View from Middle Carter We headed out quickly as we expected to be getting back to our cars, or maybe the road, about the time we were going to want headlamps. On our way to the North Carter Trail and going down it, we came across more patches of ice. Most were small, but a couple took some planning to get down on the North Carter Trail. This trail was a stream this summer when I was here, so I honestly expected more ice. The Imp Trail was mostly clear of ice with more running water. We cleared one blow down on this trail that would be a problem come winter. As it neared dark, we finally got to the cutoff to Joe Dodge Camp and cut through. We walked up the road the distance to our cars and were back where we started without seeing any hikers ouside of our group. This hike was different for me as it was with another group of hikers. Normally I hike alone and go at my own pace. This hike was a little faster pace than I normally would have gone and we didn't take as much time for pictures as I normally do. But it was also good pushing faster and doing this hike almost an hour quicker than this summer. I would certainly hike with any of this group again. <p>For all the pictures from the hike, just go [url="
  3. Mt. Cardigan 10-27-12 Holt Trail --> Mowglis Trail --> Manning Trail Distance: 4.7 mi. Elevation Gain: 1,748 ft. (Overall) 2,206 ft. (Total) Time: 2:15 (Mt. Cardigan) 3:57 (total) I've been meaning to hike Mt. Cardigan for quite a while. And since I wanted to hike up the Holt Trail, I knew I should get to it before winter. With a cloudy afternoon predicted due to the outer edges of hurricane Sandy coming in and a family event in the evening, this shorter hike seemed like a good idea for today. When I got to the Cardigan Lodge, the skies were blue and there were hardly any clouds. A pleasant surprise. Shortly after heading out, I was already losing my outer layers as the warming temps were kicking in. The early trails are on old woods roads and are very easy. After a crossing of Failey Brook on a nice bridge and a moderate climb after, I was already at the fork to go up the Holt Trail. I was expecting the dry week we had plus the partly sunny skies predicted for today would make the trail dry and easier to climb. From here, the first bit of the Holt Trail is pretty easy following a bank next to the brook. Eventually you start to turn left away from it and the climb gets steeper, but still not overly steep. Early Trail Bailey Brook crossing Then you come to the first challenge of the trail. From here to the summit, it stays steep. Shortly before the steep part, I had noticed the temps seemed to be cooling off. When I turned around to look, I could see the clouds had come in and even the lower parts of the mountain above me were getting in the clouds. The start of the steep section is a crack in the rocks the trail goes up. Normally I would go up the rock right next to it, but things were just damp enough from the moisture in the air and the lack of sun in this spot that I couldn't do that. I ended up hiking up int he crack, which wasn't as easy as I expected, and required more lifting with my arms than expected. You can tell some people go around this, but I don't like when paths get made off trail and I was up for the challenge. The first challenge of the trail From here, the trail stays steep and goes up and over many large rocks. Soon it starts to pop up out of the trees though and go over more sections of steep open rock. At this point, I was already above the bottom of the clouds. The trail continues over mostly open rock while going in and out of the trees some. The paint blazes are a bit faded here, so stopping and looking ahead was needed at times to make sure where you actually wanted to go. Traction wasn't too bad on the open rock, but some places were a bit smooth or slicker than other spots. The last steep climb up open rock was definitely the hardest of the hike. Under dry sunny conditions, I would have just carefully gone up the rock looking from rough surfaces to provide traction. But with today's dampness, I decided the edge of the rock would be the safest route. The start isn't bad, but then you need to go around a large rock you can't go over. Grip around it wasn't good and it involved pulling my self along the rock a lot. There aren't many good hnad holds, so this wasn't overly easy. Once around that rock, there is another you can go around or possibly over. I found a way to get up on to it and went over it. From here to the summit wasn't bad. I knew I needed to head up and that the summit was close, but all of a sudden it seemed like the blazes went away. I just headed straight up and eventually found one just before the tower. It was so cloudy, I couldn't see the tower until I was about 100 feet from it. More blazes here would be helpful in conditions like this. Rocky and steep Much of the upper Holt Trail is like this The hardest climb of the trail Summit tower I took a nice break at the summit and talked to other hikers. They assured me there are actually good views from here, but I never saw any. When I headed out, I followed the blazes I expected to be my trail. I couldn't actually see anything in the distance to verify this, but there are only so many trails off the summit. Going down into the saddle between the summit and Firescrew was easy and mostly gentle. A few trees, but mostly over open rock with scattered trees around. The start of the Manning Trail was the same. Eventually it gets a bit steeper and heads into the trees more. Once you are back into the trees and below the steep bits, the trail was nice and easy again. It was a bit muddy in places, but the mud wasn't deep. Waterbars had recently been cleaned out to prepare for the storm. Near the trailhead again, I could see someone ahead of me carrying a shovel. That would explain the clean waterbars. Other small crews were heading out for more trail clean up when I got back to the car too. Mowglis Trail Almost getting some views on the way down Large glacial erratic next to the trail Small patches of mud If it had been any wetter today, the Holt Trail probably wouldn't have been a good idea. As it was, it was challenging and tricky in places. Carefull footing was needed. I would go back to it on a drier day for sure though. The route I took down would be a great route in the winter I think. With so much of it on mostly open ledges, I am sure it would be a great hike after some fresh snow. I'm sure I will come back for that, plus to get the views I am told are here. All in all it was still a good hike even with the clouds. I will certainly come back again to hit more trails and hopefully see the views. For all the pictures from the hike, just go here
  4. Bondcliff

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  5. Mt. Bond

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  6. West Bond

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  7. Mt. Zealand

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  8. Mt. Jackson

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  9. Mt. Pierce

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  10. Mt. Eisenhower

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  11. Mt. Monroe

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  12. Mt. Washington

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  13. Mt. Jefferson

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  14. Mt. Adams

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  15. Mt. Madison

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