Hike: Black Cap, Cranmore, Hurricane

I shot up to the White Mountains to do some tracing of trails and a couple New Hampshire 500 Highest peaks. After the easy hike to Black Cap I headed to Cranmore Mountain and caught sight of a black bear cub off in the forest. I passed a bunch of mountain bikers on Cranmore Trail and wish I had brought my wallet when I discovered that there was an ice cream shop (with beer) at the top of the ski lifts. After heading back to the trail head I bushwhacked up to Hurricane Mountain. I decided to head down the road a little ways to approach the climb where it was less steep, but halfway up I found an old trail with blazes and cairns, and followed it to the summit and back down to the road (the more eastern route on the below map).

ROUTE

  • Parked at Black Cap Trail Head on Hurricane Road in Conway, New Hampshire
  • Hiked Black Cap Trail to summit of Black Cap
  • Right on Black Cap Spur to intersection with Black Cap Connector
  • Right on Black Cap Connector to intersection with Black Cap Trail
  • Left on Black Cap Trail to intersection with Cranmore Trail
  • Left on Cranmore Trail to summit of Cranmore Mountain and back
  • Left on Black Cap Trail to Trail Head
  • Left on Hurricane Road to get to more gentle slope of Hurricane Mountain
  • Bushwhack up Hurricane Mountain to old Hurricane Mountain Trail
  • Left on old Hurricane Mountain Trail to summit and back to road
  • Left on Hurricane Road back to Trail Head

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 06 June 2021
Distance: 6.3 miles
Moving Time: 02:15:43
Pace: 21:42/mile
Elevation Gain: 1581′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Black Cap Trail
Cranmore Trail
Black Cap Spur

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Bushwhack: The Twins and Shaw

I thought I’d be worn out after doing a training hike on Mount Chocorua the day before, but my legs felt fresh and I had a free day. So, I was targeted an area of the White Mountains closest to me with trails I haven’t hiked and peaks on the New Hampshire 500 Highest list. I ended up chosing Province Pond Trail and the northern peak of The Twins, and Mount Shaw. It looked like a nice combo of trail and bushwhack, and the total distance would only be around 6.5 miles. A shorter distance as it was approaching noon when I decided to go. What I didn’t expect was that the fire road leading to the trailhead was closed, which added another 4 miles. There were some rocky climbs during the bushwhack, and I came across a mountainside covered with hundreds of trillium, more than I’ve ever seen in once place. The views around Province Pond were particularly beautiful.

ROUTE

  • Parked at gate on FR450 off Green Hill Road in Chatham, NH
  • Hiked FR450 to Province Pond Trail
  • Left on Province Pond Trail to crossing of stream near Province Pond
  • Bushwhack to west to The Twins North Peak
  • Bushwhack to north to Mount Shaw
  • Bushwhack to east to FR39
  • Right to intersection with Province Pond Trail
  • Right on Province Pond Trail to Province Pond Shelter and back to trailhead on FR450
  • Right on FR450 back to gate

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 09 May 2021
Distance: 10.6 miles
Moving Time: 03:36:48
Pace: 20:22/mile
Elevation Gain: 2552′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Province Pond Trail

Contact Me

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Hike: Chocorua Traverse

The weekend before our big Taconic Crest Trail traverse, Jeff, John and I headed to Mount Chocorua to get in a last training hike. We set up for a traverse over Mount Chocorua with 1.5 ascents of the mountain. We needed to get back to the Portland area in early afternoon so we started crazy early, which is always beneficial for finding parking and beating the crowds. It was perfect hiking weather with high clouds, and I was able to trace 3 new White Mountain trails.

ROUTE

  • Spotted car at Hammond Trail parking on Scott Road in Tamworth, NH
  • Parked car at White Ledge Campground entrance on Route 16 in Albany, NH
  • Hiked Carter Ledge Trail to intersection with Middle Sister Trail
  • Right on Middle Sister Trail over the Sisters and to intersection with Piper Trail
  • Left on Piper Trail to summit of Chocorua and back down to intersection with Penacook Shelter Spur
  • Right on Penacook Shelter Spur to the shelter and back
  • Right on Piper Trail to intersection with Wentamoo Trail
  • Right on Wentamoo Trail to Hammond Trail
  • Left on Hammond Trail to spotted car

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 08 May 2021
Distance: 13.4 miles
Moving Time: 05:16:18
Pace: 23:37/mile
Elevation Gain: 4944′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Middle Sister Trail
Camp Penacook Spur
Wetamoo Trail

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Hike: AT Trapper John to Gilman’s Corner

When I woke up with the birds at Trapper John Shelter, I made coffee and breakfast and started a fire in the stone chimney in front of the shelter. It was a quick hike down to Dartmouth Skiway where I met Jeff and we shuffled our cars, so we’d have one at the parking area for the end of the day. There were a lot of people out at Smarts Mountain, a New Hampshire 200 Highest, but the trail beyond the summit had not been broken out. I was feeling wet and cold at that point from pushing through the snowy trees, so there was a moment of doubt about continuing. But we pushed on, and the fast hike/jog down J Trail on the northern face of Smarts Mountain was one of my favorite parts of the day. After climbing Mount Cube, another NH200, with its nice views and unique quartz summit, we finished at my car at Gilman’s Corner. This and the previous day’s hike completed a nice 30+ miles section of the New Hampshire Appalachian Trail for me.

ROUTE

  • Started at Trapper John Shelter
  • Hiked up Trapper John Shelter Spur to intersection with Holts Ledge Trail
  • Left on Holts Ledge Trail to Dorchester Road
  • Right on Dorchester Road to Dartmouth Skiway Parking
  • Moved my vehicle from Dartmouth Lot A parking to Gilman’s Corner parking
  • Left on Dorchester Road to Lambert Ridge Trail
  • Right on Lambert Ridge Trail to summit of Smarts Mountain
  • Straight on J Trail to Kodak Trail
  • Straight on Kodak Trail to summit of Mount Cube
  • Right on Mount Cube Trail to car at Gilman’s Corner

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 18 April 2021
Distance: 16.4 miles
Moving Time: 06:47:37
Pace: 24:48/mile
Elevation Gain: 5256′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Holts Ledge Trail
Lambert Ridge Trail
J Trail
Kodak Trail

Contact Me

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Hike: AT Hanover to Trapper John

As the snow began to melt in Spring, I was struck by trail fever. I needed to spend some time on the trail. But I knew that too much elevation would mean old snow and ice, which wouldn’t be pleasant. So I focused my attention to section hiking the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire. With some coordination with Jeff, I selected a section from the New Hampshire and Vermont border, where on the second day Jeff could help me shift cars and we could get a couple New Hampshire 200 Highest mountains.

The first day of the hike was from Hanover, New Hampshire to the Trapper John Shelter near Dartmouth Skiway. Dartmouth College allows section hikers to park at A Lot if they call and leave info about their vehicle and how long it will be there. So I parked there and walked across campus to the Connecticut River to start. Of course it snowed the day before, so much of the day was through sticky snow that was the perfect depth to make it difficult to hike both with and without microspikes. I hardly saw anyone, just a trail crew at Velvet Rocks and a few people near South Moose Mountain. The sun was setting as I reached the vista at the top of Holts Ledge, my favorite spot for the day.

I set up in the Trapper John Shelter and had a facepalm moment as I chucked my new ultralight bear-hang kit into bear-hang tree. The paracord tangled as I threw it and I wasn’t holding or standing on the end. Every time you think you’re experienced at something, you do something stupid. I was getting ready for bed when a couple showed up, they had been following my tracks all day. We talked for a bit before they (successfully) hung their food and set up their tents nearby. The next day I would be hiking the AT to Gilman’s Corner with Jeff.

ROUTE

  • Parked car at A Lot Parking off Wheelock Street in Hanover, NH
  • Walked Wheelock Street to Connecticut River and back to intersection with South Main Street
  • Right on South Main Street to intersection with Lebanon Street
  • Left on Lebanon Street to intersection with South Park Street
  • Right on South Park Street to Velvet Rocks Trail
  • Left on Velvet Rocks Trail to Center Hanover Trail
  • Straight on Center Hanover Trail to Moose Mountain Trail
  • Straight on Moose Mountain Trail over Moose Mountain peaks and to Holts Ledge Trail
  • Straight on Holts Ledge Trail over Holts Ledge to intersection of Trapper John Shelter Spur
  • Left on Trapper John Shelter Spur to Trapper John Shelter

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 17 April 2021
Distance: 18.8 miles
Moving Time: 07:29:59
Pace: 23:58/mile
Elevation Gain: 5161′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Velvet Rocks Trail
Hanover Center Trail
Moose Mountain Trail
Trapper John Shelter Spur

Contact Me

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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′

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Winter Hike: Doublehead

It was February already and I hadn’t yet gone for a hike. I was getting stir-crazy, so Lindsay convinced me to get to the mountains for my health. I chose to do the Doubleheads as they were the closest New Hampshire 200 Highest peaks I hadn’t done. I got up at 4am and to the trailhead just before sunrise. I was unsure if it was kosher to hike up the ski trail, but there was a sign explaining trail manners for doing so. If I wasn’t redlining, or first person up the mountain, then the best trail up Doublehead was Old Path. But, there was a packed trail from people skinning up and I hardly left a mark. After the ski trail the remaining trails were unbroken, which was specially fun floating down New Path. I added some extra vert by redlining Old Path before heading to South Doublehead.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Doublehead Ski Trail parking off Dundee Road, Jackson, NH
  • Snowshoe up Doublehead Ski Trail to summit of North Doublehead
  • Turn right on Old Path to intersection with New Path
  • Turn right on Old Path to intersection with Doublehead Ski Trail and return to previous intersection
  • Turn right on New Path to Summit of South Doublehead and continue to intersection with South Doublehead View Spur
  • Turn left on South Doublehead View Spur to view and return to intersection
  • Turn left on New Path and follow to Dundee Road
  • Turn right on Dundee Road and follow back to parking

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 06 February 2021
Distance: 5.0 miles
Moving Time: 02:32:19
Pace: 30:35/mile
Elevation Gain: 2746′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Doublehead Ski Trail
Old Path
New Path
South Doublehead View Sput

Contact Me

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Hike: Royces

In the seemingly never-ending pursuit to hike the New Hampshire 200 Highest and to red-line the White Mountains National Forest trails, I headed to one of my favorite areas to hike: Evan’s Notch. I originally planned to hike on both sides of the notch, starting with the Royces, and then heading over to Speckled and Blueberry Mountains on the east side. But, black ice on the trail slowed my pace, and my feet hurt (endless battle with plantar fasciitis). So, I bailed after East Royce to get done before dark. Plenty of waterfalls to see on this hike, and the view on East Royce was surprisingly excellent.

ROUTE

  • Parked at Basin Pond on Basin Road in Chatham, NH
  • Hiked Basin Trail to intersection with Hermit Falls Loop
  • Left on Hermit Falls Loop to Hermit Falls and around to Basin Trail
  • Right on Basin Trail to red-line and then up to Rim Junction
  • Right on Basin Rim Trail to West Royce and continued to intersection with Royce Connector Trail
  • Left on Royce Connector Trail to intersection with East Royce Trail
  • Left on East Royce Trail to summit of East Royce and back to intersection
  • Right on Royce Connector Trail to intersection with Royce Trail
  • Left on Royce Trail to trail head on Route 113
  • Right on Route 113, then right on Basin Road, and back to parking lot

PHOTOS

STATS

Date: 27 November 2020
Distance: 11.5 miles
Moving Time: 05:00:46
Pace: 26:10/mile
Elevation Gain: 3570′

Tracing White Mountains Trails:
Basin Trail
Hermit Falls Loop
Royce Trail
Royce Connector Trail

Contact Me

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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

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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

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