Showing posts from February, 2011

Mt. Roberts - Winter Hiking

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

Center Harbor, NH on Lake Winnipesaukee

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

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 t

Noon Peak - Winter Hiking

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 pit

Alton Bay, NH - Photos

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! ** Click on the photos to see a larger view  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 an