Showing posts with label NE Over 50 Hiking Meetup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NE Over 50 Hiking Meetup. Show all posts

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mt. Pemigewasset - Hiking

Mt. Pemigewasset (2,557ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,557ft
Trail: Mt. Pemigewasset
Distance: 3.6 miles roundtrip
Duration: 2.5 hrs
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Another NH 52 with a view mountain! Met up with the New England Over 50 Hiking group in the north parking lot of the Flume Gorge visitor center. I was so happy and excited about being on this hike, there had to be about 3-4 inches of snow in the parking lot alone!

The trailhead is about 150 yards beyond the parking lot. We made our way up a wide bike path before turning onto the Mt. Pemigewasset trail. This took us through 3 small tunnels, the first under Route 3 and the other two under the south and northbounds lanes of I-93.

The trail is relatively easy with a moderate ascent. Mt. Pemigewasset, also known as Indian Head, is a small peak, but its ledged summit provides excellent views of the Franconia Notch area. There was a light snowfall when our group got to the top.

At the summit I tried out the "Peaks" app (Augmented Outdoors) on my iPhone and even got  Mt. Jay 70 miles away in Vermont! I was so excited to get it working and showing the others in the group, I completed forgot to photograph the views! LOL! Sorry, next hike I promise to use the app and get photos of the surrounding peaks! But here's a short vid to give you an idea just how fun this app can be!

Peaks 2.0 from Augmented Outdoors on Vimeo.

 We didn't spend a whole lot of time at the summit. We hiked back down about 20 feet to get under the trees so we could lunch. Even after putting on another layer, I still got cold. And on the way back down to the trailhead I had to to run to warm up. Mt. Pemigewasset is part of the "New Hampshire 52 with a view" list.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Arethusa Falls & Frankenstein Cliff - Hiking

Arethusa Falls (2,000 ft)
Frankenstein Cliff (2,150 ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft cumulative
Trails: Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff
Distance: 4.7 miles roundtrip
Duration: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

I don't get a chance to drive through Crawford Notch very often, but when I do, it's always a treat to see how beautiful this part of the White Mountains are. I met with other members of the New England Over 50 Hiking group this morning at the trailhead of the upper parking lot just off of Route 302. The weather was perfect, a bit chilly but sunny and comfortable.

Reading other reviews of this particular hike, most take the Frankenstein Cliff trail first, then make the loop to the falls. Steve, our meetup group organizer, took us in the opposite direction.   The trail to the falls is pleasant and an easy hike walk. There were several wooden bridge crossings and no grand views as the trail is entirely wooded. There were many others on the trail as well. And since it was such a beautiful day, we shared the falls with many others photographing the falls and enjoying its beauty.

Our group continued on the loop to the Frankenstein Cliff. The trail is well worn and well marked with blazes. There is one lookout point before the descent to the Cliff, but the view of Mt. Washington is obscured by several tall pine trees. At Frankenstein Cliff, our group spent an hour resting, eating lunch and taking in the view. From here you can see the parking lot, as well as Arethusa Falls.

The rest of the descent from the cliff was easy with one challenging section where we had to navigate down steep rock steps. The trail continued alongside several walls, which in the winter, are used by ice climbers. The trail continued under the train tracks in the area known as the Frankenstein Trestle. At the upper parking lot, the cliff itself can be seen.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mts Monroe & Eisenhower - Hiking

Mt. Monroe (5,384ft)
Elevation Gain: 2,500ft
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine, Mt. Monroe Loop, Crawford Path, Mt. Eisenhower Loop, Edmands Path

Mt. Franklin (5,003ft)
Elevation Gain:

Mt. Eisenhower (4,780ft)
Elevation Gain: 350 ft

Hut: Lakes In The Clouds
Elevation: 5,012ft

Distance: 8.2 miles roundtrip
Duration: 7.0 hrs
My 4000+ Peak #13 & #14
Listed 4000+: #4 & #11
Difficulty: Very Strenuous

Bagged another two peaks today! Can I get a woot woot! Since I just started hiking this January 1st, I set my goal for peakbagging the NH 48 4000ft+ to 12 summits for this year. But earlier today I bagged my 13th and 14th atop the summits of Mounts Monroe and Eisenhower! Sweet stoke! I'm exhausted as I write this not only because this was a fairly long hike above 5000 feet, but because I only got 3½ hours of sleep last night. I normally have no problems getting to sleep but I was so excited about today's hike and add to that the prospect of snow atop Mt. Einsenhower...well, my mind raced with thoughts of rolling in the white stuff! LOL! But that wasn't the case when we summited Mt. Eisenhower. It was warmer today and all the white stuff at the top was gone. No problem, rime ice abound along the trail to Mt. Monroe.

My morning started with meeting up with the other 13 members of the New England Over 50 Hiking group at the AMC Highland Center. From there we all drove to the parking lot of the Edmands Path trail, spotted 4 cars and carpooled to the Cog Railway Station on Base Road. After our introduction circle, we started up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail. The trail starts off very gently and follows the Ammonoosuc River with many falls, cascades, pools and scenic overlooks at its upper section. The trail offers many panoramic views and we stopped often to admire the views and take photos. This trail is also steep and in the 3.1 miles to ascend, we gained 2,500 feet of elevation!

The Lakes In The Cloud Hut was closed for the season but there are benches outside the hut and our group stopped to break for snack/lunch. Steve, our organizer, showed us the emergency shelter under the hut named "The Dungeon".  There hardly was a breeze, but the temps had dropped so I put on my winter jacket, hat and a pair of light gloves. I had also packed along my base layers I use for winter hiking 'just in case'.

The next stop was the Mt. Monroe summit. Our groups started up the Mt. Monroe Loop trail and about a third up along the trail I met another "Hawaii girl" named Brittany. She is here on the east coast attending Northeastern. On our way up the trail we chatted about Hawaii and what brought us to the east coast. I told Brittany about my blog and told her I'd mention her in it. So Brittany, if you've got to this point on my was great meeting you on the trail and hope to see you on the trail again girl! Maui No Ka Oi!

Only a few minutes were spent at the Mt. Monroe summit. Before leaving for Mt. Franklin, we gathered around Steve and made plans to meet up with him at the Mt. Eisenhower Loop/Edmands Path trail junction after summiting Mt. Eisenhower. A few minutes was spent atop Mt. Franklin as well. For those of us wanting to summit Eisenhower, we wanted to stay ahead of Steve so that his wait at the trail junction was not too long.

At the bottom of the Mt. Eisenhower Loop I was seriously thinking of not continuing onto Eisenhower. It was about this time that I started to feel the effects of only 3½ hours of sleep. I was also hungry again but had no appetite for any of the food I had packed. But Bob, one of the other members, offered encouragement, telling me it was just a short hike up to the summit and although I was tired, it would be well worth it. On our ascent, Bob was helpful making small talk and holding my trekking poles for me as I forced myself to eat my Peanut M&M's. They didn't fill me, but it did give me a bit of energy.

I was exhausted, but Bob was right...the hike up was worth it. The 360 degree summit views were phenomenal! I did not want to leave but we could only spend a short time at the summit. Our descent was along the Edmands Path trail. Descending along the ridge offered some views between the trees and Steve spoke of how the trail had been, at one time, created as a horse trail.

I have another black and blue to add to my body. On my descent I stepped on a rock which I thought was dry and leveled. I slipped off of the rock and landed with my outer thigh against an exposed tree root. Oh well.....

Overall, this hike was superb! I was expecting gusting winds at the ridges above treeline but that was not the case today! It was cold but the sun was out with not a cloud to obstruct any views.

At the Cog Railway - love the contrast! 

Along the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail

Lakes In The Cloud Hut
Mt. Monroe from the Lakes In The Cloud Hut
Mt. Washington from the Lakes In The Cloud Hut
Emergency shelter - The Dungeon
Our group on the Mt. Monroe Loop trail
Views from the Mt. Monroe Loop trail

At the Mt. Monroe summit! My 13th!!
More rime ice along the trail!

Views along Crawford Path trail

Summit of Mt. Eisenhower! My 14th!
Descending the Edmands Path trail
Pretty growth along the Edmands Path trail

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