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: 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

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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

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Trail Run: Pleasant Mountain

This long Sunday run is one of my favorites, Southwest Ridge Trail up Pleasant Mountain. Great views all the way up, and a runnable grade after some early power hiking to warm up. If you time it right there are all the blueberries you could want to eat.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Southwest Ridge Trail off Denmark Road in Denmark, ME
  • Ran up Southwest Ridge Trail to intersection with Ledges Trail
  • Left on Ledges Trail to summit
  • Continue on Firewarden’s Trail to intersection with Bald Trail
  • Right on Bald Peak Trail to Bald Peak
  • Return to parking lot by same route

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 26 July 2020
Distance: 8.2 miles
Moving Time: 02:16:10
Pace: 16:39/mile
Elevation Gain: 2557′

Contact Me

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Trail Run: AT Surplus Mountain

Fueled by my previous hike where I completed a section of the Appalachian Trail, I headed to western Maine to do the same. In my mind I was going to take a few hours to trail run from the AT trailhead to Baldpate Mountain and back. It would complete another small section of the Appalachian Trail. In reality it took me nearly those two hours to do the first climb, Surplus Mountain, and I sucked down all of my water in the process. I still completed a small section, but now I’ll have to return to connect the in-between.

At the trail head I met a Native American AT thru hiker, True North, and his dog. He was keeping an eye out for a reportedly sick thru hiker, Mango, to give him a ride to town. I told him I’d keep an eye out for him, but I didn’t come across Mango during my run.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Dunn Falls Trail parking on Andover Road in Newry, ME
  • Ran south on Appalachian Trail until near the summit of Surplus Mountain
  • Bushwhacked to the summit of Surplus Mountain and back
  • Left on Appalachian Trail back to parked car

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 19 July 2020
Distance: 7.9 miles
Moving Time: 02:47:35
Pace: 21:06/mile
Elevation Gain: 2151′

Contact Me

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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

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Trail Run: Speckled Mountain

I got up early on a Monday morning to get in a mountain run before picking up my kids for a vacation day. I try to stick to the rule of running or hiking at least as long as the total drive time. Sometimes the pull to the mountains is greater than arbitrary rules. On the summit I met a guy who spent the previous couple days hiking and camping in the Caribou/Speckled Mountains, and that morning made the long drive home. When he got there he realized he had lost his false front teeth. Amazingly, he made the drive back up to the mountains, hiked back up Speckled Mountain to where he had camped over night, and found his teeth on the ground!

ROUTE

  • Parked near Evergreen Link Trail on Mountain Road in Stoneham, ME
  • Ran up Evergreen Link Trail to Cold Brook Trail
  • Left on Cold Brook Trail to summit of Speckled Mountain
  • Back same route to parking

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 25 May 2020
Distance: 6.9 miles
Moving Time: 01:58:55
Pace: 17:18/mile
Elevation Gain: 2246′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Evergreen Link Trail

Contact Me

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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