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

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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

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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

Hike: Mount Shaw

For my birthday, Lindsay and I drove to New Hampshire to hike Mount Shaw, a 52 with a View peak, near Lake Winnipesaukee. It was a good climb up to Black Snout where we stopped for lunch. The hike was easy from there, though clouds and flurries had rolled and obscured the views. The descent was steep but pleasant and the sun came back out for the end of the hike. He stopped at Back Hill Brewing in Rochester to pick up a growler of their double IPA before heading back to Maine.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Shaw Trail parking on Mountain Road, Center Tuftonboro, NH
  • Hiked up Shaw Trail to intersection with Italian Trail
  • Right on Italian Trail to intersection with Big Ball Mountain Trail
  • Left on Big Ball Mountain Trail over Tate Mountain to the intersection with High Ridge Trail and Black Snout Spur Trail
  • Left on Black Snout Spur Trail to the summit of Black Snout and back
  • Left on High Ridge Trail to summit of Mount Shaw
  • Return down High Ridge Trail to intersection with Shaw Trail
  • Right on Shaw Trail back to parking lot

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 28 November 2020
Distance: 7.7 miles
Moving Time: 03:48
Pace: 29:38/mile
Elevation Gain: 2527′

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

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

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

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