Sunday, February 5, 2012

Hedgehog Mountain - Winter Hiking


Hedgehog Mountain (2,532ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,500ft
Trails: UNH
Distance: 4.7 miles roundtrip
Duration: 4.5 hr (includes stops for breaks along the trail, at the east ledge and at the summit)
Difficulty: Moderate

Another NH 52 With A View! And views ga-lore! Such a beautiful trail with a moderate ascent and stunning views that rewarded us today! I met with friends Hawaii-Girl-Cindy and Dwight at the Market Basket in Lee, NH. From there I carpooled with them up to the UNH trailhead on the Kancamagus Highway via routes 125 and 16. On the ride up we couldn't believe our luck, the sun out and not a cloud in the sky!

We arrived at the trailhead parking lot and got started on the trail right away. I purposely picked this mountain/trail as the Over 50 Meetup group had hiked this just yesterday and I knew that the trail would be well broken in. We had our snowshoes with us but only MicroSpikes were needed. The trail was like a sidewalk, amazing!

We hiked this looped trail clockwise. The trail grade was fairly gradual and constant for the first 2 miles, then it narrowed and emerged onto the east ledge. We stopped for a snack break here, enjoying the warm sun and the stunning views. After our ledge break we started up to the summit.

I was impressed with the many ledges as we approached the summit. At the summit there was a couple having their lunch and this would be the only other folks we would cross paths with on the trail.

Dwight picked out a ledge for us to lunch on, with views to the west. We spent about 30 minutes here having our lunch and taking more photos. On the descent we stopped at Allen's Ledge checking out the upper ledge and resting a bit to admire views from the lower ledge.

I was eager to go on this hike as I had not hiked all the month of January due to a cold virus that kept me in the house for 3.5 weeks. It felt great to get out and hike with Cindy as well. Don't remember, but let's just say that it started with the topic of "being bossy and in control". Cindy, Dwight and I admitted we were eldest of our siblings and we laughed and shared 'first born' stories throughout our hike and on the ride back to my truck. It also felt great to be outdoors, hiking in snow, and surrounded by good company and the beautiful New Hampshire White Mountains!

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