Saturday, March 26, 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 than the Mt. Morgan trail. And as a result, we ended up on the summit of Mt. Morgan first....and I sure am glad we did! Overall, this was an enjoyable hike with the most exciting and memorable for me being the ascent to the Mt. Morgan summit! ;)

** Click on the photos to see a larger view 


That path up the logging road



Ladders that lead to the boulder cave.
I couldn't wait to take this route!
There is a path to the right of these cliffs for
those who don't want to go up the cliffside.
Here we go!
Following Joe and Lora
Folks call this a cave, but I think its just a passage way between a
couple of large boulders. Joe went first and I passed him all the
packs and poles before sliding through. It was so much fun! LOL!

 Steve (our organizer) bringing up the rear
Here we are after coming through the passageway
and getting ready to scramble up to the summit.
Slabby cliffs yet to scramble
View from the cliff ledge

Just having some fun!
Posing at the ledge just below the summit of Mt. Morgan.
 Views from the Mt. Morgan lookout ledges (3)


Views from the Mt. Percival summit (5)




 Trail junction - another way to the Mt. Percival summit
via rough boulders and yet another cave!
Trail junction sign
Squam River covered bridge
Ashland, NH


3 comments:

Jobiwan said...

Great photos! Looks like a great hike.

Stacey (aka Ultraprincess) said...

The photos are terrific!!! I am so sick of snow though :-(

Lovey's Adventures said...

Thanks Jobiwan and Stacey! @Stacey, I know....lots of folks here are sick of the snow as well! LOL!