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Thoreau Falls - Solo Hike

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Thoreau Falls Thoreau Falls – Solo Hike Trails:  Zealand, Ethan Pond Trail/Appalachian Trail, Thoreau Falls Miles:  9.4 Roundtrip Difficulty: Easy side of moderate Danger: Low Finally a good (hiking shoe) day! I was waiting for that window of opportunity to get back out and hike a section of the Appalachian Trial, and today seemed the perfect day! I received the National Geographic Appalachian Trail Map #1511 (Hanover to Monte Carlo Topographical Map Guide) to review. After looking through the map, I decided on a 9.4 mile hike to the beautiful Thoreau Falls. Two weeks earlier I attempted to hike to Thoreau Falls but 2.5 miles into my hike, the top of my foot started to hurt, so I turned back. A good thing since the pain became worse and I couldn’t wait to get my boots off once back at my truck. I carefully took my boots off (with lots of swearing) and threw them in my backseat (with more swearing).  I did return the boots…Vasque Talus Ultra…to REI. I was disappoin

Mt. Willey - Solo Hiking

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Mt. Willey  (4,285ft) Elevation Gain: 2,915ft Trails: Ethan Pond and Willey Range Distance: 5.4 miles roundtrip Duration: 5.5 hrs (includes stops for breaks along the trail and at summit) My 4000+ Peak #20 Listed 4000+: #29 The Terrifying 25 List: Willey Range Trail (Ladders section) Difficulty: Strenuous **This is my 20th NH 48 4000+ footer, and the 10th summit I've hiked solo to. It looked like rain as I was headed north for today's hike. And there were passing showers as I drove by the Kancamagus Highway. At the trailhead on Route 302 there was just a couple more empty stalls in the upper parking lot. I re-checked the weather forecast, " sun for the afternoon", and quickly got my gear on. I started up the trailhead and crossed over the train tracks and ascended up an old logging road. I took the Ethan Pond trail northwest after passing the Arethusa-Ripley Falls Trail.      It's a very steady climb and at the Kedro