Hike: Paugus and Chocorua

I hadn’t done Mount Paugus, and had a whole bunch of Tracing the White Mountains Trails to do, so I joined Jeff and Yudi for a hike. Not only did we enjoy the view at the south peak of Mount Paugus, but we also made the gnarly bushwhack out to the true summit for our New Hampshire 200 Highest lists. After Paugus, we continued to the always wonderful Mount Chocorua to finish up a few trails on its western side. It was a long but great day in the woods.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Liberty Trail parking on Chocorua Mountain Road, Albany, NH
  • Hiked up Chocorua Mountain Road to Whitin Brook Trail
  • Left on Whitin Brook Trail to Cabin Trail
  • Right on Cabin Trail to Lawrence Trail
  • Right on Lawrence Trail to south peak of Mount Paugus
  • Bushwhack to Mount Paugus true summit and back
  • Left on Old Paugus Trail to intersection of Bee Line Trail
  • Left on Bee Line Trail to Brook Trail
  • Left on Brook Trail to intersection with West Side Trail
  • Left on West Side Trail to Three Sister’s Trail
  • Right on Three Sister’s Trail to summit of Mount Chocorua
  • Down Liberty Trail to parking lot

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 21 November 2020
Distance: 15.1 miles
Moving Time: 06:47:48
Pace: 26:58/mile
Elevation Gain: 5021′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Liberty Trail
West Side Trail
Bee Line Trail Chocorua Branch
Bee Line Trail Paugus Branch
Whitin Brook Trail

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Hike: Engine Hill and Isolation

Jeff and I took advantage of a mid-November day with no snow on the ground to do some Tracing White Mountains Trails. We headed to the Dry River Wilderness where I traced 4 trails, got Mount Isolation for the 4th time on my Grid, and we bushwhacked South Engine Hill, adding it to our New Hampshire 200 Highest lists.

If you reproduce the bushwhack I highly suggest taking our western return route, it was wide open birch glade, while our more eastern route was thick spruce. head beyond the Engine Hill height of land and down to 3050′, head south until you are west of the peak and just climb uphill to the semi-clear summit.

ROUTE

  • Left car at Rocky Branch South Trailhead on Jericho Road, Glen, NH
  • Started at Rocky Brach North Trailhead of Pinkham Notch Road, Jackson, NH
  • Hiked up Rocky Branch Trail – North to height of land near Engine Hill
  • Bushwhacked south to South Engine Hill and back
  • Continued left on Rocky Branch Trail – North to intersection with Isolation Trail – East
  • Right on Isolation Trail – East to intersection with Davis Path
  • Left on Davis Path to intersection with Mount Isolation Spur
  • Right up Mount Isolation Spur to Mount Isolation and back to Davis Path
  • Left on Davis Path to intersection with Isolation Trail – East
  • Right on Isolation Trail – East to intersection with Rocky Branch Trail – South
  • Straight on Rocky Branch Trail – South to intersection with Stairs Col Trail
  • Right on Stairs Col Trail to intersection with Davis Path and back to Rocky Branch Trail – South
  • Right on Rocky Branch Trail – South to Rocky Branch South Trailhead

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 15 November 2020
Distance: 23.4 miles
Moving Time: 09:03
Pace: 23:15/mile
Elevation Gain: 5145′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Stairs Col Trail
Rocky Branch Trail – North
Rocky Branch Trail – South
Isolation Trail – East

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Hike: Passaconaway & Square Ledge

Lindsay and I hiked our first New Hampshire 4000 Footer together on a beautiful October weekend. After hitting Mount Passaconaway and its viewpoint, we headed out to Square Ledge to check out the retired 52 with a View.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Ferncroft Trailhead parking on Ferncroft Road in Albany, NH
  • Hiked up Old Mast Road to 4-Way Intersection
  • Left on Walden Trail to summit of Mount Passaconaway
  • Left on Passaconaway View Spur to viewpoint and back
  • Left back down Walden Trail to intersection with Square Ledge Trail
  • Left on Square Ledge Trail to Square Ledge and back to 4-Way Intersection
  • Left on Old Mast Road back to parking

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 04 October 2020
Distance: 10.9 miles
Moving Time: 06:06:08
Pace: 33:32/mile
Elevation Gain: 4058′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Old Mast Road
Walden Trail
Square Ledge Trail

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Hike: 2020 Pemi Loop

In early September, Jeff and I did a Pemi Loop. It was my 4th Pemi Loop, but I went because I rarely pass up the opportunity for this epic hike, and to fill out some of my September Grid. It was Jeff’s first 24-hour attempt of the loop, which is required for the Northeast Ultra 8 list. We parked the evening before and hiked up Eastside Trail and camped in the woods to get a nice early start on the hike (and we were unable to get a campsite in the area). It was a fabulous day full of hikers and runners doing the loop, many of which we saw multiple times and cheered each other on.

ROUTE

  • Parked Lincoln Woods Visitor Center on Kancamagus Highway, Lincoln, NH
  • Hiked Lincoln Woods Trail to intersection with Osseo Trail
  • Left on Osseo Trail to Mount Flume and Mount Liberty
  • Continue on Franconia Ridge Trail to Mount Lincoln, Mount Lafayette
  • Continue on Garfield Ridge Trail to Mount Garfield and Galehead Hut
  • Right on Frost Trail to Mount Galehead summit and back
  • Right on Twinway Trail to South Twin and to intersection with Bondcliff Trail
  • Continue on Bondcliff Trail to Mount Bond, Bondcliff, and down to Wilderness Trail
  • Right on Wilderness Trail to Lincoln Woods Trail
  • Continue on Lincoln Woods Trail back to parking

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 05 September 2020
Distance: 29.6 miles
Moving Time: 12:48:29
Pace: 25:59/mile
Elevation Gain: 9273′

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Hike: Carrigain Loop

Hike: Carrigain Loop

My friend John completed his New Hampshire 4000 Footer list with Mount Carrigain. Our friend Michael and I joined him, his two daughters and his dog for the hike. John, Michael and I started hiking together seven years ago with their first 4000 Footer, Wildcat D. John and Michael joined me for the completion of my 4000 Footer list in 2017, and John and I joined Michael for his in 2018, so it was only fitting that we were there for John as well.

Map of hike

ROUTE

  • Parked at Signal Ridge Trail parking on Sawyer River Road
  • Hiked Signal Ridge Trail to the summit of Mount Carrigain
  • Continued down Desolation Trail to Carrigain Notch Trail
  • Turned right on Carrigain Notch Trail looping back to Signal Ridge Trail
  • Stayed straight on Carrigain Notch Trail at intersection with Nancy Pond Trail
  • Turned left on Signal Ridge Trail and followed back to parking

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 28 August 2020
Distance: 13.5 miles
Moving Time: 05:06
Pace: 22:44/mile
Elevation Gain: 3737′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Desolation Trail

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Hike: 2020 ADK

In mid-August 2020, Jeff and I headed to the Adirondacks for a long weekend of hiking and backcountry camping. The primary purpose of the trip, aside from getting away from the pandemic for a few days, was to knock off some of the summits from the Adirondack 46 High Peaks list, and subsequently the Northeast 115 list.


PART 1 – DONALDSON, EMMONS, SEWARD, & SEYMOUR

The first two days of the trip Jeff and I tackled a group of peaks in the Seward Mountains of the High Peaks. We made a loop of it and camped near the Ward Brook lean-to. It was a good amount of hiking with a few views, but it was overshadowed by the steep and muddy hike down from Seward to Ward Brook.

ROUTE

DAY 1

  • Parked at Seward Trailhead off Ampersand Road, Saranac Lake, NY
  • Hiked Blueberry Trail to intersection with Culkins Brook Truck Trail
  • Right on Culkins Brook Truck Trail to intersection with Culkins Brook Trail
  • Left on Culkins Brook Trail to Seward Range Trail
  • Right on Seward Range Trail to summit of Donaldson Mountain, Mount Emmons and back to summit of Seward Mountain
  • Continue on Seward Mountain Trail to intersection with Ward Brook Truck Trail
  • Right on Ward Brook Truck Trail to Ward Brook lean-to

DAY 2

  • Hiked up Ward Brook Truck Trail to intersection with Seymour Trail
  • Right on Seymour Trail to summit of Seymour Mountain and back
  • Left on Ward Brook Truck Trail to intersection with Blueberry Trail
  • Left on Blueberry Trail back to parking lot

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 13 & 14 August 2020
Distance: 22.6 miles
Moving Time: 10:48:09
Pace: 28:40/mile
Elevation Gain: 5994′


PART 2 – COLDEN, TABLE TOP, & PHELPS

The second day of the trip, after driving from our first hike, we lucked out on a parking spot at Heart Lake. We hiked in to Lake Colden, through the amazing Avalanche Lake, and lucked out again when we found a decent campsite near the Opalescent River. On day three, we hiked three mountains just north of Mount Marcy, all of which had amazing views! We lucked out a third time with a nice campsite near Marcy Dam. On the fourth day we hiked out before sunrise.

ROUTE

DAY 1

  • Parked at Heart Lake Program Center on Heart Lake Road, Lake Placid, NY
  • Hiked Van Hoevenberg Trail to Marcy Dam
  • Right on Avalanche Pass Trail to Lake Colden campsite

DAY 2

  • Back down Avalanche Pass Trail to intersection with Mount Colden Trail
  • Right on Mount Colden Trail to summit of Mount Colden and on to intersection with Lake Arnold Trail
  • Left on Lake Arnold Trail to intersection with Lake Arnold Crossover Trail
  • Right on Lake Arnold Crossover Trail to Indian Falls and on to intersection with Van Hoevenberg Trail
  • Left on Van Hoevenberg Trail to intersection with Tabletop Mountain Trail
  • Right on Tabletop Mountain Trail to summit of Table Top Mountain and back
  • Right on Van Hoevenberg Trail to intersection with Phelps Mountain Trail
  • Right on Phelps Mountain Trail to summit of Phelps Mountain and back
  • Right on Van Hoevenberg Trail to Marcy Dam campsite

DAY 3

  • Left on Van Hoevenberg Trail to Marcy Dam and back to parking lot

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 14, 15 & 16 August 2020
Distance: 20.8 miles
Moving Time: 9:49:03
Pace: 28:19/mile
Elevation Gain: 6234′


PART 3 – CASCADE & PORTER

On our last day of the trip we got an early start to hike a few more mountains before heading home. After starting in the dark we got to Cascade Mountain in time to see sunrise and cook some breakfast. We hit Porter Mountain on the way out and then made the long drive back to Maine.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Cascade Mountain Foot Trail parking off Cascade Road in Lake Placid, NY
  • Hiked Cascade Mountain Foot Trail to Summit of Cascade Mountain and back to intersection with Porter Mountain Trail
  • Left on Porter Mountain Trail to summit of Porter Mountain and back
  • Left on Cascade Mountain Foot Trail back to parking lot

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 16 August 2020
Distance: 5.9 miles
Moving Time: 02:58:43
Pace: 30:03/mile
Elevation Gain: 2391′

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Hike: AT Kinsman Range

Despite it being a rainy day, Jeff, John, and I headed to the Kinsman Rage to trace some White Mountain trails and to knock off a section of the AT. We dropped a car off at The Basin and then parked at the southern end of the range. Though we started the hike in the rain, it started to clear by the time we got to Lonesome Lake. The highlight of the hike was a moose that we encountered at the start of Fishin’ Jimmy trail. We waited as it completely ignored us, munching some vegetation. There was a tense moment where it looked like John’s dog, Pepper, was going to chase the moose, but did not.

ROUTE

  • Car spot at The Basin parking lot off I-93 in Lincoln, NH
  • Parked at Beaver Brook Trailhead off Lost River Road in North Woodstock, NH
  • Hiked Kinsman Ridge Trail over Mountain Wolf, South Kinsman and North Kinsman to intersection with Fishin’ Jimmy Trail
  • Right on Fishin’ Jimmy Trail past Lonesome Lake Hut to intersection with Cascade Brook Trail
  • Right on Cascade Brook Trail under I-93 to Franconia Notch Recreation Path
  • Left on Franconia Notch Recreation Path to parking lot

PHOTOS

Some photos captured by John Ellingsworth

STATS

Date: 11 July 2020
Distance: 16.4 miles
Moving Time: 07:41:59
Pace: 28:10/mile
Elevation Gain: 5012′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Kinsman Ridge Trail
Cascade Brook Trail

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Hike: Tumbledown 2020

At the beginning of the Quarantine Summer of 2020, Lindsay and I camped for the weekend at Mount Blue state park and hiked the classic Tumbledown Mountain. The plan was to make a loop of all of the Tumbledown peaks and Little Jackson, starting and ending at Brook Trail. Our plans were foiled when a thunderstorm rolled in as we got to the most remote and true peak of Tumbledown, the north peak. We bailed and bushwhacked down to Tumbledown Pond, skirted around it and went back down Brook Trail. Of course, the sun was back out as we returned to Tumbledown Pond.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Brook Trail parking on Weld To Byron Road in Weld, ME
  • Hiked Brook Trail to intersection with Loop Trail at Tumbledown Pond
  • Left on Loop Trail to Tumbledown East Peak and Tumbledown Southwest Peak and back to intersection with Tumbledown North Peak bushwhack
  • Left on Tumbledown North Peak bushwhack to Tumbledown North Peak and col between Tumbledown Mountain and Little Jackson Mountain
  • Right on bushwhack around Tumbledown Pond back to intersection with Brook Trail
  • Left on Brook Trail back to parking

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 06 June 2020
Distance: 6.8 miles
Moving Time: 03:44:38
Pace: 32:53/mile
Elevation Gain: 2065′

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Winter Hike: Tremont

Jeff and I headed to New Hampshire with my dog Loki to snowshoe Mount Tremont. It’s a mountain on the New Hampshire 200 Highest list as it is a New Hampshire 3000 Footer. We considered continuing down the Brunel Trail to Owls Cliff, another New Hampshire 200 Highest, but I was pretty beat from the snowshoeing and instead headed back to our cars.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Mount Tremont trailhead on Route 302 in Hart’s Location, NH
  • Snowshoed Mount Tremont Trail to summit of Mount Tremont and back

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 17 February 2020
Distance: 5.5 miles
Moving Time: 02:53:05
Pace: 31:35/mile
Elevation Gain: 2558′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Mount Tremont Trail

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Winter Hike: Peaked

Lindsay and I went on our first winter hike together at Peaked Mountain. This mountain is normally great reward for little effort, but it was a warm and rainy day down low and overcast and snowing up above, so we missed the views.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Green Hills Preserve / Pudding Pond parking on Thompson Road in North Conway, NH
  • Hiked up Pudding Pond Access Road to intersection with Side Hill
  • Left on Side Hill to intersection with Black Cap Connector
  • Left on Black Cap Connector to intersection with Peaked Mountain Trail
  • Right on Peaked Mountain Trail to summit and back to intersection with Peaked Mountain – Middle Mountain Connector
  • Left on Peaked Mountain – Middle Mountain Connector to intersection with Middle Mountain Trail
  • Right on Middle Mountain Trail to intersection with Side Hill
  • Left on Side Hill to intersection with Pudding Pond Access Road
  • Right on Pudding Pond Access Road back to car

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 04 January 2020
Distance: 3.7 miles
Moving Time: 01:42:56
Pace: 27:50/mile
Elevation Gain: 1167′

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com