Sunday, July 31, 2011

Table Mountain - Hiking

Table Mountain (2,675ft)
Trail: Attitash Trail
Elevation Gain: 1,350ft
Distance: 3.8miles roundtrip
Duration: 3.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy

Table Mountain is located off of the Kancamagus Highway and a few of us from the New England Over 50 Hiking Meetup Group got together for this hike. The Attitash trailhead is off of Bear Notch Road and is easy to miss, for me anyways! This is a very pretty trail, not to mention the elevation is moderate with a couple of lookout ledges. Near the top there are several slabby portions on the trail. There are no trails to the actual summit which is wooded. So we spent an hour at the upper most ledge relaxing, eating our lunches and taking in the views. The weather was fantastic, sunny and warm with cool breezes! 













Sabbaday Falls

Trail: Sabbaday Brook Trail
Elevation Gain: 100ft
Distance: 0.6 miles roundtrip
Duration: 1.0 hours
Difficulty: Very Easy 

A scenic, 3-tiered Waterfall that is a short hike (0.3mile) from the parking lot. The trail is very well-maintained and is wide making it easy for all ages to hike. I saw several folks there on walkers. Lots of dogs as well. Off the parking lot there are several picnic areas with picnic tables. The place was packed full of families picnicking and many on the hike to view the waterfall.

This was supposed to be a stop for that Waterfall Photography Workshop I attended back in April 2011 but the trail was snowed in and I was the only photographer with snow gear. So our workshop skipped this waterfall.

I wanted to get on the other side of the stream past the waterfall to get some photos. As I was crossing, I slipped and fell. My butt went in first and I didn't know it at the time, but my sunglasses fell in the water. Luckily I didn't get my camera wet! :)








Soaked Gortex hiking boots!


Monday, July 25, 2011

Mt. Jefferson via Caps Ridge Trail - Hiking

Mt. Jefferson (5,712ft)
Trail: Caps Ridge Trail
Elevation Gain: 2,708ft
Distance:  5 miles roundtrip
Duration:  5.5 hours (includes stops along trail and at summit)
The Terrifying Twenty Five List: Caps Ridge Trail
Difficulty: Strenuous
Danger: Medium to High (exposed/steep sections, rock scrambling)
Rock Scramble: Class II

This hike was originally scheduled for a Saturday but was moved to Sunday due to high temps.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mt. Moosilauke & South Peak - Hiking

Mt. Moosilauke (4,802ft)
Elevation Gain: 2,450ft
South Peak Mt. Moosilauke (4,531ft)
Trails: Gorge Brook, Glencliff Trail/Appalachian Trail, Carriage Road, Snapper
Distance: 6.9 miles roundtrip
Duration: 5.5 hrs
My 4000+ Peak #7
Listed 4000+: #10
Difficulty: Strenuous

It was a  beautiful day for a hike! Our group (NewEngland Over 50 Meetup) met up at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge in Warren, NH. We gathered at the turnaround at the end of the Ravine Lodge road before heading off to the Gorge Brook Trail. 





There were several foot bridges we crossed before getting to the junction of Gorge Brook and Snapper Trails. Our group continued uphill along the Gorge Brook. 





 At 1.6 miles we came up to the "Last Water" sign as well as the McKenney Forest Plaque. 





 Further up there were several outlooks with stunning views!



 Hazy views of Mt. Kineo and Carr Mountain!

  At 4,440ft!



 A bit of view of the summit
  Grassy ridge crest just below the summit

 The last 50 yards to the summit! 

Diapensia shrubland flowers grow along the upper trail

 
At the summit there was a good enough crowd and lovely scenery to photograph! Our group spent 30 minutes for lunch and enjoyed the calm, cool breezes.






Bagged my 7th 4000+ footer peak!

Our group decided to summit South Peak so we descended the Glencliff/Appalachian Trails, taking a right onto the spur path leading to the South Peak. At the South Peak summit we sat to admire more views!



 Mt. Moosilauke summit from South Peak and the trail along the ridge between the summits. 



Our descent continued along the Carriage Road and Snapper Trails, ending back at the turnaround. Before leaving we gathered for some cold drinks and pretzel sticks. We had a group of 13 for this hike...a really solid group of folks. And the company was very enjoyable, we couldn't ask for a better day!

There is lookout point along route 118 and I stopped on my way out to take a couple of photos.

Cormier Magness (5.6) - Multi pitch Rock Climb

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