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′

Completed Red-Lining Trails:
Kenduskeag Trail
Rattle River 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: 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

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′

Completed Red-Lining Trails:
Desolation Trail

Contact Me

maine.wanderlust@gmail.com

Winter Hike: Whiteface & Passaconaway

Winter hike Whiteface and Passaconaway

In early 2017 my friend Michael and hike snowshoed a loop of Mount Whiteface and Mount Passaconaway. I was grabbing them for my Grid and Winter New Hampshire 4000 Footers lists, and he was getting them for his New Hampshire 4000 Footers list.

Map of hike

ROUTE

  • Parked at Ferncroft Parking of Ferncroft Road
  • Walked down Ferncroft Road to Blueberry Ledge Trail
  • Snowshoed up Blueberry Ledge Trail to intersection with Rollins Trail
  • Continued up Rollins Trail to Mount Whiteface summit and along the ridge to Dicey’s Mill Trail
  • Turned left at Dicey’s Mill Trail and hiked up to Passaconaway summit and to Walden Trail
  • Turned right on Walden Trail and down to Wonalancet Ridge Trail
  • Turned right on Wonalancet Ridge Trail to Hibbard Mountain and Mount Wonalancet, and then down to Old Mast Road
  • Turned right on Old Mast Road and returned to Ferncroft parking

STATS

Date Hiked: 04 February 2017
Elevation Gain: 4500′
Distance: 11.0 miles
Book Time: 7:45

Completed Red-Lining Trails:
Blueberry Ledge Trail
Wonalancet Range Trail
Wonalancet Short Cut

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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