Hike: Engine Hill and Isolation

Jeff and I took advantage of a mid-November day with no snow on the ground to do some red-lining. We headed to the Dry River Wilderness where I red-lined 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′

Completed Red-Lining 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′

Completed Red-Lining 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 red-lining. 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′

Completed Red-Lining Trails:
Guinea Pond side path
Mead Trail
Wentworth Trail
Bearcamp River Trail

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Trail Run: Camden Hills

Camden Hills State Park

As part of our 50k training, Lindsay and I had a 14-mile long run to complete and decided to visit Camden Hills State Park to get in a combination of trail running and hiking. We’d been stuck in Portland for the previous two months due to Covid-19, and this was our first day-trip to get away and forgot things for a few hours.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Camden Hills State Park off Route 1 in Camden, ME
  • Ran Ski Shelter Trail to Bald Rock Trail
  • Turned right and hiked Bald Rock Trail to summit of Bald Rock Mountain and down to Frohock Mountain Trail
  • Turned left on Forhock Mountain Trail and connected back to Ski Shelter trail
  • Turned left and ran Ski Shelter Trail and ran back to Cameron Mountain Trail
  • Turned right on Cameron Mountain Trail and ran to Cameron Mountain and retraced back to Ski Shelter Trail
  • Turned right on Ski Shelter Trail and ran back toward parking
  • Ran up and down Megunticook Trail for extra miles before returning to parking lot

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 16 May 2020
Distance: 14.1 miles
Moving Time: 03:08:24
Pace: 13:23/mile
Elevation Gain: 2264′

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Winter Hike: Pierce & Eisenhower

SUMMARY

The first day of winter brought me and a friend to the southern Presidentials to bag Mount Pierce and Mount Eisenhower for our New Hampshire Winter 48 list.

Map of hike

Map of hike

Read after the jump for a summary, photos and stats.

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