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Mt. Roberts - Winter Hiking

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Mt. Roberts
Elevation: 2,582ft
Trails: Mt. Roberts Trail
Elevation Gain: 1,313ft
Distance: 5 miles roundtrip
Duration: 5 hrs.
Difficulty:  Moderate

Met up with 9 other members of the New England Over 50 Hiking Group today. On my way to the trailhead parking lot I passed Center Harbor and made mental note of what to photograph on my way back out if there was still enough light out. Of course, Lake Winnipesaukee always catches my eye and there would be more than enough to shoot.
The trailhead parking lot is located on Ossipee Park Road off of NH 171.  I spotted the gatehouse at the entry as well as the busy bottling plant next to the parking lot.
We started up the Mt. Roberts trail which winds around the barn and pasture. The trail continues past a logging road, then behind the stables along an electric fence.
One of my hiking companions started off with snowshoes. The rest of us packed our snowshoes with the exception of one who decided not to carry any. Fresh snow fall from the night bef…

Center Harbor, NH on Lake Winnipesaukee

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After hiking Mt. Roberts in nearby Moultonborough, NH, I stopped to
get a few shots of Center Harbor on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee!  Sorry for the dirty camera lens filter! ** Click on the photos to see a larger view  









Mt. Pierce - Winter Hiking

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Elevation: 4,310ft
Trails: Crawford Path Trail
Elevation Gain: 2,350ft
Distance: 6.2 miles roundtrip
Duration: 5.5 hours
My 4000+ Peak #1 
Listed 4000+: #27
Difficulty:  Moderate
Alright this hike was easy....easy compared to last week's hike up to Noon Peak! The Sandwich Mountain Trailhead to Noon Peak is so steep near the top, it resembles what we rock climbers refer to as a "Slab Wall"! But today's hike was enjoyable.
The commute to Mt. Pierce took me through the Franconia Notch way. I have to admit, in the 24 years that I've lived here in New England, I've never been through that State Park...heck I haven't been to alot of the state parks in New Hampshire! Along the way I spotted more I-93 Ice Flows and stopped to snap photos.
As usual, I got lost, which is why I leave early. But I did find my way to the Crawford Notch AMC center and stopped to use the restroom and ask for directions. Joe Halloway pointed me in the right direction and also told me to come …

Noon Peak - Winter Hiking

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Noon Peak
Elevation: 2,976ft
Trails: Sandwich Mountain Trail
Elevation Gain: 1,400ft
Distance: 3.6 miles roundtrip
Duration: 5 hrs
Difficulty:  Moderate

3 words to describe the trail hike to the Noon Peak....steep, steep and steep!
I left the house early on to make certain that I would have some time to check out the local neighborhood shops at the town center. Good excuse to the use the bathroom before going out into the woods. I also checked out the ice skating rink, a couple shops and picked up a chocolate croissant.
The Sandwich Mountain Trail parking lot wasn't plowed so we parked on the road just outside the parking lot entrance. We passed the power station, crossed a cross-country ski trail and down a small bank across Drakes Brook. For the first part of the hike the trail was moderately pitched. But as we neared the top, the trail pitch became steeper. Don't get me wrong, it's doable without having to scramble, but I wasn't expecting a steep pitch that distance to…

Alton Bay, NH - Photos

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Since both winter hikes were cancelled this weekend, I decided to take some photos today. Last week I spent Sunday hiking to the summit of Mt. Major overlooking Alton Bay, NH and I was not able to get photos of the ice fishers on Lake Winnipesaukee. So I went back this morning and spent a couple hours from the shore as well as on the lake happily snapping photos. For lunch I dined at Shibley's At The Pier. They're located on the Lake and their wait staff are friendly and professional. Dined on the Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich, soup and hot tea and snapped more photos as well. Oh, and I finally got photos of those ice flows on the northbound side of I-93 between exits 8 & 9, as well as some along Route NH 11! I so desire to climb those!

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Ice flows on I-93 Northbound between exits 8 & 9.
 Icicles everywhere! Route NH 11
 Lake Winnipesaukee, Alton Bay, NH


Ice fishing huts on Lake Winnipesaukee

Busy lake with traffic and skiers
as well as …