Where’s Cade?

I use this Caltopo map to plan out my next hike. It’s usually a work in progress until late the evening before the hike. Feel free to check it out to see what plans I’m brewing.

Stroll to LA

Lindsay picked up a weekend shift in Lewiston and my car wasn’t registered, so no going to the mountains for me. Instead, I decided to see if I could walk to Lewiston before Lindsay’s shift was up. Because why not? I left shortly after she did and began walking back roads toward Lewiston. I nearly turned around at mile 10 when I got a hotspot on my foot and my legs began to ache. But I decided to push on. At mile 20 I laid down for about 10 minutes and elevated my feet on a tree stump. That did the trick, because by mile 22 I came out of the pain cave and the final 10 miles were cruizer. Lindsay ended up picking me up in Auburn. I was maybe an hour shy of reaching Lewiston, which was unfortunate because I had my eye on grabbing a beer at Baxter Brewing.

PORTLAND ROUTE

  • Walked down Congress Street to Eastern Promenade Street
  • Left on Eastern Promenade Street to Eastern Prom Midslope Trail
  • Right on Eastern Prom Midslope Trail to Loring Stairs
  • Right on Loring Stairs to Bayside Trail
  • Right on Bayside Trail to Back Cove Trail
  • Left on Back Cove Trail to Washington Avenue
  • Right on Washington Avenue to Presumpscot Street
  • Right on Presumpscot Street to Ocean Avenue
  • Right on Ocean Avenue to Falmouth

FALMOUTH ROUTE

  • Walked down Middle Road to Longwoods Road
  • Straight onto Longwoods Road to Cumberland

CUMBERLAND ROUTE

  • Walked down Longwoods Road to Main Street
  • Straight onto Main Street with break at Greeley High School and on to North Yarmouth

NORTH YARMOUTH ROUTE

  • Walked down Cumberland Road to Walnut Hill Road
  • Left on Walnut Hill Road to Memorial Highway
  • Right on Memorial Highway to Village Square Road
  • Left on Village Square Road to Sam Ristich Trail
  • Right on Sam Ristich Trail to Oak Hill Road
  • Right on Oak Hill Road to Memorial Highway
  • Left on Memorial Highway with break at Baston Park to West Pownal Road
  • Left on West Pownal Road to Lawrence Road
  • Right on Lawrence Road to Pownal

POWNAL ROUTE

  • Walked down Lawrence Road with break at Tyron Mountain trailhead to Auburn Pownal Road
  • Right on Auburn Pownal Road to Durham

DURHAM ROUTE

  • Walked down Auburn Pownal Road to Auburn

AUBURN ROUTE

  • Walked down Pownal Road to Fickett Road
  • Right on Fickett Road to Sopers Mill Road
  • Left on Sopers Mill Road to Penley Corner Road
  • Right on Penley Corner Road to Riverside Drive
  • Left on Riverside Drive until picked up at Maine Turnpike underpass

VIDEO

STATS

Date: 3 April 2021
Distance: 31.8 miles
Moving Time: 09:05:25
Pace: 17:09/mile
Elevation Gain: 2425′

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Hike: Morse Mountain and Seawall Beach

The previous day of hiking through mashed potato snow in the mountains wore me out enough to not return to the mountains, but not enough to prevent me from hiking more. I headed out on a coastal hike in Maine I had not done before, but a dear friend had recommended to me years before. The hike through Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area was along a dirt road and provided all that the Maine coast can muster: a saltwater marsh, evergreen forests, a granite mountain (if small), and a beautiful secluded beach.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area parking on Morse Mountain Road in Phippsburg, ME
  • Hike Morse Mountain Road to intersection with Summit Circle
  • Right on Summit Circle to Morse Mountain viewpoint and back
  • Right on Morse Mountain Road to Seawall Beach
  • Return to parking lot along same route

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 28 March 2021
Distance: 5.6 miles
Moving Time: 01:43:15
Pace: 18:29/mile
Elevation Gain: 696′

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Hike: Little Wildcat, Carter Dome, Hight

Jeff and I originally wanted to get one last hike in before the end of winter, but when I couldn’t swing it we instead hiked the next weekend. The idea was to Grid the Wildcats and Carters, as well as do some White Mountain trail tracing, and a couple small AT sections for me. We originally planned to hike up Wildcat Ski Resort, but shortly after arriving we were turned around and told that there was no uphill travel while the ski lifts are running. So we adjusted our plans and landed on just doing the Carters from Nineteen Mile Brook to northern trailhead of Imp Trail (where my car was already planted). On the way up Nineteen Mile we decided to do Little Wildcat Mountain, a New Hampshire 200 Highest, on a whim. But the day warmed up, and the snow turned to mashed potatoes. By the time we slogged out Little Wildcat and ascended Carter Dome I was exhausted. We ended up just doing Mount Hight and out. A good example for future me of being flexible enough to change plans and route to ensure the day is enjoyable.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Nineteen Mile Brook parking on Route 16 in Gorham, NH
  • Hike Nineteen Mile Brook Trail to around 2650′
  • Bushwhack to Little Wildcat Mountain and back
  • Continue up Nineteen Mile Brook Trail to intersection with Carter-Moriah Trail
  • Left on Carter-Moriah Trail over Carter Dome and Mount Hight to intersection with Carter Dome Trail at Zeta Pass
  • Left on Carter Dome Trail to Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
  • Right on Nineteen Mile Brook Trail back to parking

PHOTOS

VIDEO

STATS

Date: 27 March 2021
Distance: 10.8 miles
Moving Time: 04:44:46
Pace: 26:24/mile
Elevation Gain: 4524′

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Winter Hike: Washington 2021

This winter hike up Mount Washington was almost cancelled because of the forecast, but we lucked out with a nice window of weather on the morning of President’s Day. The trails were perfectly packed and there was very little ice, but I was still very glad for my new crampons and ice ax while going up and down the Lion’s Head winter route. The weather on the summit was very mild and my group of four shared it with a group of skiers that came up the cog railway.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center of Route 16, Jackson, NH
  • Hiked up Tuckerman Ravine Trail to intersection with Fire Road
  • Turned right on Fire Road to intersection with Lion’s Head Trail (Winter Route)
  • Turned left on Lion’s Head Trail (Winter Route) to intersection with Tuckerman Ravine Trail
  • Turned right on Tuckerman Ravine Trail to summit of Mount Washington
  • Same route back to parking lot

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 15 February 2021
Distance: 7.9 miles
Moving Time: 03:27:03
Pace: 26:14/mile
Elevation Gain: 4606′

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Winter Hike: Duck Pond Mountain

On a beautifully cold February day, John, Jeff, Richard and I snowshoed up to Nancy Pond so we could bushwhack to another New Hampshire 200 Highest peak, the viewless Duck Pond Mountain. A few inches of powder over a packed trail made for good traction, and the bushwhack to Duck Pond was a little thick but otherwise easy. The highlight of the day was the perfect sun halo, and snowshoeing over the frozen Norcross Pond to the view of the Bonds across the Pemigewasset Wilderness.

ROUTE

  • Parked Nancy Pond Trail parking off Route 302 in Hart’s Location, NH
  • Snowshoed Nancy Pond Trail to Nancy Pond
  • Bushwhack to summit of Duck Pond Mountain and back
  • Bushwhack across Nancy Pond and Norcross Pond and back
  • Snowshoed down Nancy Pond Trail back to car

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 13 February 2021
Distance: 9.2 miles
Moving Time: 04:20:15
Pace: 28:25/mile
Elevation Gain: 2785′

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Winter Trail Run: Pleasant Mountain

Work gave us the afternoon off, so John, Michael and I did a quick trail run to the top of Pleasant via Ledges Trail. It was a beautiful day and the trails were packed like a sidewalk.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Ledges Trail parking lot on Mountain Road, Denmark, ME
  • Run up Ledges Trail to summit and back

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 12 February 2021
Distance: 3.5 miles
Moving Time: 0:55:15
Pace: 15:49/mile
Elevation Gain: 1650′

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Winter Hike: Doublehead

It was February already and I hadn’t yet gone for a hike. I was getting stir-crazy, so Lindsay convinced me to get to the mountains for my health. I chose to do the Doubleheads as they were the closest New Hampshire 200 Highest peaks I hadn’t done. I got up at 4am and to the trailhead just before sunrise. I was unsure if it was kosher to hike up the ski trail, but there was a sign explaining trail manners for doing so. If I wasn’t redlining, or first person up the mountain, then the best trail up Doublehead was Old Path. But, there was a packed trail from people skinning up and I hardly left a mark. After the ski trail the remaining trails were unbroken, which was specially fun floating down New Path. I added some extra vert by redlining Old Path before heading to South Doublehead.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Doublehead Ski Trail parking off Dundee Road, Jackson, NH
  • Snowshoe up Doublehead Ski Trail to summit of North Doublehead
  • Turn right on Old Path to intersection with New Path
  • Turn right on Old Path to intersection with Doublehead Ski Trail and return to previous intersection
  • Turn right on New Path to Summit of South Doublehead and continue to intersection with South Doublehead View Spur
  • Turn left on South Doublehead View Spur to view and return to intersection
  • Turn left on New Path and follow to Dundee Road
  • Turn right on Dundee Road and follow back to parking

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 06 February 2021
Distance: 5.0 miles
Moving Time: 02:32:19
Pace: 30:35/mile
Elevation Gain: 2746′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Doublehead Ski Trail
Old Path
New Path
South Doublehead View Sput

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Winter Hike: Howe, Shelburne Moriah, Moriah

Jeff, John, Michael and I planned on taking a day off to hike Mount Washington on the second day of winter. The forecast showed Mount Washington in the clouds all day with gusty winds from the Northwest, and a some snow and increased winds in the afternoon. So we switched up our plans and did Mount Moriah via a Howe Peak bushwhack and over Shelburne Moriah Mountain. The weather and views weren’t great but I knocked off a New Hampshire 200 Highest, two trails red-lined, a new section of the AT, and got Mount Moriah for my December Grid and New Hampshire Winter 4000 Footer list.

ROUTE

  • Left vehicle at Rattle River Trail parking off Route 2 in Shelburne, NH
  • Parked at Shelburne Trail North parking off Conner Road in Shelburne, NH
  • Hiked up Shelburne Trail to intersection with Kenduskeag Trail
  • Bushwhacked east to Howe Peak and back
  • Turned right on Kenduskeag Trail over Shelburne Moriah Mountain to intersection with Carter-Moriah Trail
  • Turned right on Carter-Moriah Trail to Moriah spur trail
  • Turned left on Moriah spur trail and climbed to Mount Moriah summit and back
  • Turned right on Carter-Moriah Trail back to intersection with Kenduskeag Trail
  • Turned left on Kenduskeag Trail and returned to intersection with Rattle River Trail
  • Turned left on Rattle River Trail and hiked down to parking lot

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 22 December 2020
Distance: 14.8 miles
Moving Time: 07:18
Pace: 29:33/mile
Elevation Gain: 4019′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Kenduskeag Trail
Rattle River Trail

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Hike: Big Bickford, Lafayette & Eagle Cliff

Jeff, Richard and I headed to Franconia Notch on a relatively warm November day to ascend a few New Hampshire 200 Highest peaks. We also redlined a couple of trails and hit Mount Lafayette because it was in between. Big Bickford Mountain and Eagle Cliff didn’t have trails and were about as opposite as bushwhacks could be. Big Bickford was a fairly level and wide open bushwhack. While Eagle Cliff was shorter, it was much thicker and basically a cliff scramble in places. Due to mashed potato-like snow underfoot, the trip took longer than expected, and we finished the bushwhack and hike out by headlamp.

ROUTE

  • Left car at Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway parking lot on Tramway Drive, Franconia, NH
  • Started at Skookumchuck Trail parking off Route 3 in Franconia, NH
  • Hiked up Skookumchuck Trail to point at level with col between trail and Big Bickford Mountain
  • Bushwhacked north to Big Bickford Mountain and back
  • Continued left on Skookumchuck Trail to intersection with Garfield Ridge Trail
  • Turn right on Garfield Ridge Trail to Mount Lafayette summit
  • Turn right on Greenleaf Trail to gap at Eagle Cliff
  • Bushwhacked west to Eagle Cliff and back
  • Turn right on Greenleaf Trail and continued to trailhead near Tramway Drive

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 12 December 2020
Distance: 12.2 miles
Moving Time: 06:59
Pace: 34:17/mile
Elevation Gain: 4628′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Greenleaf Trail
Skookumchuck Trail

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com