Showing posts with the label new england over 50 hiking group

Cotton Mountain & Mt. Livermore - Winter Hiking

Cotton Mountain (1,200ft) Mt. Livermore (1,50ft) Elevation Gain: 900ft Trails: Cotton Mountain, Crawford-Ridge, Prescott, Old Highway Distance: 4.1 miles roundtrip Duration: 4.5 hrs (includes stops for breaks along the trail, and at both summits) Difficulty: Moderate Winter Hike with the New England Over 50 Meetup Group

Zealand Mountain - Hiking

Zealand Mountain (4,260ft) Elevation Gain: 2,300ft Trails: Zealand, Twinway Trail/Appalachian Trail Hut: Zealand Falls Distance: 11.4 miles roundtrip Duration: 7.5 hrs (includes stops and breaks) My 4000+ Peaks #11 Listed 4000+: #31 Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous My 11th, yup! CHECK! Since my solo hike to Mounts Lafayette and Lincoln, I've been off from hiking for two weeks. With Irene's wrath, it didn't look like we were going to get to Zeacliff and Zealand. But at the last moment the roads were opened and the New England Over 50 Hiking Group was good to go! The trailhead parking lot is easy to find, at the very end of Zealand Road, and had we hiked this during winter when Zealand Road is closed to traffic, it would have added on another 7 miles roundtrip to our hike. I wasn't the only hiker celebrating a peak bag on this hike, Mary and Lora were also peakbagging. And Janet, who was with me on my first peak bag to Mt. Pierce, was celebrating

Mt. Osceola & East Osceola - Hiking

Mt. Osceola (4,340ft) Mt. Osceola East Peak (4,156ft) Trails: Osceola Trail Elevation Gain: 2,950ft Distance: 8.4 miles roundtrip Duration: 6 hrs My 4000+ Peaks #4 & #5 Listed 4000+: #24 & #34 Difficulty:  Moderate to Strenuous Danger: Low to High (The Chimney has many holds but can be slippery when wet. There are no ropes for assistance and some sections are vertical) Rock Scrambles : The Chimney - Class II+ I got to lead the hike to the Mt. Osceola summit! It was my very first time leading a hike all the way to a summit over 4000 feet. It wasn't very fast (1.4mi/hr) but it was a steady pace. Our group ( New England Over 50 Meetup ) met up at the Osceola Trailhead in Waterville Valley, NH. It was a cool morning and I arrived in shorts and a short-sleeved shirt but changed into my hiking pants and put my long-sleeved shirt on as an overshirt. I would have preferred to hike in shorts, but I prefer not to have my legs eaten by mosquitoes. This trail i