Trail Race: Sugarloaf Uphill Climb

Michael and I signed up for the Sugarloaf Uphill Climb, a 2.2 mile race up Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley with roughly 2500′ of elevation gain. The average pitch was 20%, but at its steepest was 30%. The race was advertised as being 2.5 miles, so we were both surprised when we turned the last corner to find the finish line.

ROUTE

  • The race started from the quad lift
  • We ran up Binder Trail to summit
  • The finish was a few hundred feet below the true summit

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 11 October 2020
Distance: 2.2 miles
Pace: 18:04/mile
Elevation Gain: 2362′

Time: 0:39:12
Place: 35/166
M40-49: 3/15

Contact Me

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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

Trail Run: Eastern Belknaps

This summer I attempted to run all of the Belknap Range mountains in a single run, but bailed because I didn’t bring enough water. I returned to run the mountains I missed for a long training run. It was a beautiful day and the trails were runnable.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Straightback Mountain Trail on Jesus Valley Road in Alton, NH
  • Hiked Straightback Mountain Trail to Jesus Valley Trail
  • Straight on Jesus Valley Trail to Main Trail
  • Ran right on Main Trail to Mount Major and then back to Quarry Spur Trail
  • Right on Quarry Spur Trail to Quarry Trail
  • Right on Quarry Trail to North Straightback Mountain, East Quarry Mountain, West Quarry Mountain, Mount Rand, Mount Klem, and back to intersection with Red Trail
  • Right on Red Trail to Mount Mack and Mount Anna
  • Left on Blue Trail to Straightback Mountain
  • Right on Straightback Mountain Trail back to parking area

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 27 September 2020
Distance: 10.1 miles
Moving Time: 03:08
Pace: 18:33/mile
Elevation Gain: 2958′

Contact Me

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Trail Race: 2020 Beast of the East

Not surprisingly, the races I planned to run this year were cancelled due to Covid-19. So I was pretty pumped when I heard that the Beast of the East half marathon was going to happen. It had been on my radar for a couple of years, so I signed up for it right away. Bibs were sent out to runners and the start was done in heats of 50 people socially distanced by cones with bib numbers on them spaced out six feet apart. I was grateful for some normalcy and the day was perfectly cool and dry for a race.

ROUTE

  • The race started from the beach at Echo Lake
  • Ran south on Echo Lake Trail to Bryce Path
  • Turned left on Bryce Path to Bryce Link
  • Turned right on Bryce Link to Cathedral Ledge Road
  • Followed an unnamed trail along Cathedral Ledge Road to top of Cathedral Ledge
  • Jumped on Bryce Path to White Horse Ledge Trail
  • Turned right on White Horse Ledge Trail to White Horse Ledge and on to Red Ridge Link
  • Turned right on Red Ridge Link to Red Ridge Trail
  • Turned left on Red Ridge Trail to Moat Mountain Trail
  • Art the top of the ridge, turned right on Moat Mountain Trail to North Moat Mountain summit and continued down to Red Ridge Trail
  • Crossed the river to take Red Ridge Trail back to Red Ridge Link
  • Turned left on Red Ridge Link back to White Horse Ledge Trail
  • Continuing right on White Horse Ledge Trail to Bryce Path
  • Turned right on Bryce Path and headed back toward Echo Lake Trail
  • Continuing left along Echo Lake Trail to the beach at Echo Lake and the race’s finish

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 20 September 2020
Distance: 13.1 miles
Pace: 16:30/mile
Elevation Gain: 4429′

Time: 03:35:13
Place: 81/130
M40-49: 20/31

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Red Ridge Trail
Red Ridge Link
Bryce Link

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Trail Run: Mount Israel

I needed a long mountainous trail run for my training schedule, and Jeff came along to try out some trail running. We decided on Mount Israel to knock off a 52 with a View peak and do a little Tracing White Mountains Trails. It was a cloudy day so we had no view, but we saw some bears. A cub crossed the street on the drive in, and I spotted another while we were running along Guinea Pond Trail heading toward Sandwich Notch Road. In all my years running and hiking in the White Mountains, it was only the second time I’ve seen a bear.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Mead Base parking
  • Hiked up Wentworth Trail to Mount Israel Summit
  • Ran down Mead Trail to Guinea Pond Trail
  • Turned right on Guinea Pond Trail to Guinea Pond Side Path and Guinea Pond and back out
  • Turned right on Guinea Pond Trail following it to High Water Bypass and on to Sandwich Notch Road
  • Turned left on Sandwich Notch Road to Bearcamp River Trail
  • Turned left on Bearcamp River Trail to Beede Falls and back to Sandwich Notch Road
  • Turned left on To Lower Falls Trail to Lower Falls and then back to Bearcamp River Trail
  • Turned right on Bearcamp River Trail past Cow Caves to Mead Base parking

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 09 September 2020
Distance: 9.4 miles
Moving Time: 02:33:09
Pace: 14:16/mile
Elevation Gain: 1973′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Guinea Pond side path
Mead Trail
Wentworth Trail
Bearcamp River 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

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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

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Trail Run: Belknaps

As one of my long weekend runs, and in order to do the Belknap Range Hiker badge, I planned on doing a loop of the entire Belknap Range. Short-sightedly, I only brought 1 liter of water at the start. I had a filter and 2 liters of capacity, but I thought I could pull off 1 liter until I hit Round Pond. I was wrong. It was warm and humid and the climb back up Piper from Whiteface had the midday sun on my back. I got to Round Pond dehydrated and completely drained. After drinking as much water as I could and napping by the pond’s edge, I bailed on my plans and headed back to my car.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Gunstock Mountain Resort off Panorama Drive in Gilford, NH
  • Ran up Single Chair Ski Path to Mount Rowe
  • Left on Ridge Trail to summit of Gunstock Mountain
  • Left on Brook Trail to intersection with Saddle Trail
  • Right on Saddle Trail to intersection with Blue Trail
  • Straight on Blue Trail to summit of Belknap Mountain
  • Left on White Trail to intersection with Old Piper Trail
  • Right on Old Piper Trail to summit of Piper Mountain and on to intersection with Piper-Whiteface Link
  • Right on Piper-Whiteface Link to intersection with Whiteface Trail
  • Left on Whiteface Trail to summit of Whiteface Mountain and back to summit of Piper Mountain and to intersection with Round Pond / Piper Link
  • Right on Round Pond / Piper Link to intersection with Round Pond Trail
  • Right on Round Pond Trail to Round Pond and back to intersection
  • Right on Round Pond Trail to Maple Ski Path
  • Left on Maple Ski Trail back to parking lot

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 09 August 2020
Distance: 14.2 miles
Moving Time: 05:01:49
Pace: 21:11/mile
Elevation Gain: 3499′

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Trail Run: Bradbury Mountain

A long Sunday run at Bradbury Mountain State Park. Looking at my logs, my legs felt flat but I got it done. I had been struggling with ankle and foot problems and was trying to push through it.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Tryon Mountain parking on Lawrence Road in Pownal, ME
  • Ran out on Bradbury-Pineland Corridor to power lines and back
  • Continued on Bradbury-Pineland Corridor to summit of Tryon Mountain and continued on to intersection with Boundary Trail
  • Right on Boundary Trail and then a combination of South Ridge Trail, Summit Trail, Tote Road Loop, Krista’s Trail, Ski Trail, Northern Loop Trail and back on Boundary Trail
  • Right on Bradbury-Pineland Corridor back to parking lot

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 02 August 2020
Distance: 10.8 miles
Moving Time: 02:32:35
Pace: 14:06/mile
Elevation Gain: 1647′

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com