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Rock Circuit Trail - Solo Winter Hiking

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Middlesex Fells Reservation, MA.
Rock Circuit Trail: 5 miles roundtrip loop
Easy to Moderate

As with last weekend, I didn't feel like driving up north for a hike. The temps here were colder and it was more windy than a week ago. But the short ride to the Middlesex Fells Reservation suited me just fine. Plus, it was a distraction for the time being - while I wait and hope for more ice to re-form in the Kinsman and Crawford Notches. 

I had hiked part of the Rock Circuit Trail (white blaze) before, but just from Pinnacle Rock to White Rock. Today I parked at fire gate #53 and hiked counter-clockwise starting at fire gate #52. As with last weekend, there were many hikers and dogs but not a single biker on the trails of the Eastern Fells. Blog & video of last weekend's solo hike along the Skyline Trail here. Enjoy some photos taken along my hike.

Arethusa Falls - Winter Solo Hike

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Mount Israel - Solo Winter Hike

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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 backpack is heavy, and that’s not…

The Hancocks - Solo Winter Hiking

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