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Table Mountain - Hiking

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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

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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…

Mt. Jefferson via Caps Ridge Trail - Hiking

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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. I had booked motel reservations to stay overnight in Jefferson Village and was able to move my reservations without any penalty fees. I stayed the night at the Skywood Manor - its a family-run business, out of a large converted farmhouse. Out back there is a pond well-stocked with Rainbow and native Brook Trout. A brook, the barn and a large vegetable garden were perfect for an evening photo shoot. The evening was tranquil and the sunset was amazing! 




In the morning I had a home-cooked breakfast of egg, sausage and  wheat toast in the large diningroom with the owners and other inn oc…

Mt. Moosilauke & South Peak - Hiking

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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!