Showing posts with the label NH 52 with a view

Mount Monadnock - Solo Hiking

Elevation: 3,165ft Trail: White Cross Elevation Gain: 1,765ft Distance: 4 miles roundtrip Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Took a short drive west to hike up Monadnock and it was so refreshing! Originally I wanted to head north but with some overnight snow fall and ice, I didn't feel like driving in the stuff. So Monadnock was a good call for me. At the Poole Road entrance, park rangers said that there were 50 mph winds with reports of ice and snow at the summit. Felt good to get back out and hike the last of Autumn season.....winter will be here soon!  Summit selfie Video Along the White Cross Trail Snow along the trail

Kearsarge North - Solo Hike

Shaka from the summit of Kearsarge North! Kearsarge North (3,268 ft) Trail: Kearsarge Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft Miles: 6.2 roundtrip Duration: 4 hrs, 15 min (includes stops along the trail and at the summit for 30 minutes) NH 52 With A View Difficulty: Easy to moderately strenuous I checked the weather report and today was the best out of the weekend for hiking. But I totally didn’t check the humidity levels! :(  Having EIA (exercise-induced asthma) I really should pay close attention to the air quality index. But I was all gung-ho to get out and hike something short and easy (or so I thought) after last Saturday’s epic hike to the summit of Mt.Katahdin . It started off easy enough but after about 35 minutes into the hike, I realized that it was more humid than I was thought it would be. I stopped to get a quick drink and thought about turning back….maybe head over to Mt. Stanton for shorter hike? But I was already here and figured so long as I kept pace, kept

South Moat & North Doublehead - Solo Hike

South Moat Mountain (2,760ft) Trail: Moat Mountain Trail Elevation Gain: 2,200ft Miles:   5.4 miles roundtrip Duration: 3.5 hrs (includes stop along trail at the summit for 30 min) Difficulty: Easy to moderate North Doublehead (3,053ft) Trail: New Path Elevation Gain: 1,600ft Miles:   3.0 miles roundtrip Duration: 2 hrs, 15 min (includes stop along trail at the summit for 15 min) Difficulty: Easy to moderately strenuous Checked off numbers 16 & 17 of my NH 52 With A View list! I wasn’t planning on bagging 2 peaks from the list today, but after 2,200 feet of elevation gain to the summit of South Moat, I still felt good (my knee wasn't bothering me). So I hiked to the summit of North Doublehead for another 1,600 feet of elevation gain, and that did the trick for me today. Enjoy some photos I took of my hike to the South Moat Mountain. Along the Moat Mountain Trail At the summit After I got down from South Moat I felt good. My kn

Hibbard Mountain – Solo Easter Hike

Hibbard Mountain (2,940ft) Elevation Gain: 1,821 feet Trails: Wonalancet Range Trail, Short Cut Distance: 4.8 miles roundtrip Duration: 4.5 hours (includes stops along the trail, and at lookout and summit) NH 52 With A View Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Danger: Low to Medium (Ledge at lookout, ice) A good day for solo hike, and on Easter day no less. I had the trail as well as the summit to myself. The parking lot temps were warm and there was no sign of snow or ice. But there was still snow and ice along some parts of the trail. Since I only microspikes on, I had to carefully navigate those steep, icy parts of the trail. I sure wished I had my mountaineering crampons and an axe! Here are some of my photos of my solo hike.

Mount Israel - Solo Winter Hike

Mt. Israel (2,630ft) Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet Trail: Wentworth Trail Distance: 4.2 miles roundtrip Duration: 4.0 hours (include stops along the trail, and at lookouts and summit) NH 52 With A View  Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Danger: Low  to Medium (Open ledges on trail) It was good to get out and do some winter hiking. I’ve been spending a lot of time bouldering and rock climbing and will soon be ice climbing. So hiking a moderate mountain was just what I needed. I had no problems finding the trailhead. The Mead Camp parking lot was plowed and there was only one other truck in the lot. I spent a few minutes checking out the trailhead path. I had brought my snowshoes but after looking at how pretty packed down the trail was, I decided to just wear my Hillsound Trail Crampons. I brought 2 liters of hot water to drink, along with the usual snacks, my 3lb DSLR, my survival and first aid kits, emergency Bivy, emergency blanket, stove and extra clothes. Yes, my backpac