Showing posts from March, 2011

Mt. Morgan & Mt. Percival - Winter Hiking

Mt. Morgan
Elevation: 2,220ft

Mt. Percival
Elevation: 2,212

Trails: Morgan, Crawford-Ridgepole and Percival Trails
Elevation Gain: 1,500ft
Distance: 4.8 miles roundtrip
Duration: 4.5 hrs
Difficulty: Moderate
The Terrifying Twenty Five List:  Mt. Morgan Trail (Rickety Ladder Route)
Rock Scrambles: Boulder caves and rock scrambling - Class II

Two things I learned today hiking to these summits. One, I enjoy helping others in the group get around the trail safely. Some parts of the trail can be tricky, especially on steep descents that are icy, or across large granite slabs. It's always smart to help your hiking companions so that no one gets hurt and everyone can enjoy the day's hike. And secondly, even if this is a group event, there are always going to be a couple of hikers who only care to help themselves however experienced/knowledgeable they are.  
We originally were going to hike up to the Mt. Percival summit and then onto Mt. Morgan, but we hiked up the logging road rather tha…

Middle & North Sugarloaf Mountains - Winter Hiking

Middle Sugarloaf Mountain
Elevation: 2,539ft

North Sugarloaf Mountain
Elevation: 2,310

Trails: Zealand Road and Sugarloaf Trail
Elevation Gain: 1,135ft
Distance: 5.4 miles roundtrip
Duration: 6 hrs
Difficulty:  Moderate

I was looking forward to this particular hike! First off, this would be my last hike during the winter season as the spring equinox is tomorrow. Secondly, checking out my White Mountains trail map I saw that these two peaks were down the road from Mt. Washington and if the weather cooperated, I would have views of the snow topped giant. Well, I wasn't disappointed. For just a modest hiking effort, there are spectacular views of Mt. Washington from both Sugarloafs!
I carpooled with two of my hiking companions so this meant I had my hands free to test the video function on my new iPhone. Coming through the Franconia Notch there were some light flurries, but I was able get a short vid of the Cannon Mountain Ski slopes.
The skies were cloudy and overcast but as the morni…