Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Mt. Washington. December 1, 2018

Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path (partly - someone had broken a more direct trail through the snow, so we followed that), 9.0 miles, 3,800 feet

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Mom, Alex, and I started just after dawn on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail.  We all wore snowshoes, as the trail was not fully packed out.  Making our way up the trail, we quickly made it to treeline and then to the hut.  The summit cone looked daunting, but we persevered to the summit.

Photo by Trish Herr

Taking a break by (closed) Lakes of the Clouds Hut
Photo by Trish Herr

The rime ice and views were spectacular!



Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

The sun was shining and it was surprisingly warm outside.





Photo by Trish Herr

Mom being silly -- photo by Trish Herr


After having a snack, we headed down.  There were a significant number of people coming up, some of them with dogs, so Mom, Alex, and I weren't lonely as we made our way down Mount Washington.


There was a beautiful undercast...




Looking back...


We got back to the hut as the sun blared into our eyes.


Mom, Alex, and I made our way down, continuing to meet other people coming up.  Eventually, we arrived at our car.  The hike had been a short, beautiful, and enjoyable adventure.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Galehead, South Twin, and North Twin. November 18, 2018


Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur.
14.4 miles out-and-back with 4350 feet of elevation gain.

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Hello everyone! Since this is Thanksgiving week, I am going to make this short.  Alex, Mom, and I hiked Galehead, South Twin, and North Twin last Sunday.  The trail was partially packed out, but the snow was not yet firm.  We wore snowshoes for the entire hike.  This slowed us down, and we ended up coming out in headlamps.  Here are the photos from the hike.   Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!







On Galehead's summit...

Photo by Trish Herr

At Galehead's viewpoint with South Twin in the background (left)... 

Photo by Trish Herr

View from Galehead's lookout.  Galehead hut is below and South Twin is in the back to the right...

Photo by Trish Herr

Heading up South Twin, close to the top of the steep climb...

Photo by Alex Herr


On South Twin's summit...

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr


Alex looking happy...

Photo by Alex Herr
 Heading over to North Twin...

Photo by Alex Herr

Photo by Alex Herr
At North Twin's summit/lookout...

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

Views in various directions from our journey back to South Twin (we took these close to South Twin, above treeline)...

Photo by Alex Herr


Photo by Alex Herr

Photo by Alex Herr

Photo by Alex Herr

Back on Gale River Trail, just before we put on our headlamps.  Note the almost full moon shining through the trees...

Photo by Alex Herr
Thank you for reading and have a wonderful holiday!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

North and South Kinsman. October 21, 2018

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Basin Cascades, Cascade Brook, Kinsman Pond and Kinsman Ridge trails, 3,450 feet of elevation gain, 11.0 miles

Alex and I had a lot of schoolwork to do on the day we did our hike of the Kinsmans, so we started at first light.  We went from the Basin instead of the usual Fishin' Jimmy approach, since we felt like having a bit of variety.



Along the first mile or so of the trail, there are many little pools and waterfalls; it is very beautiful.


We headed up...


The leaves made a colorful carpet on the ground all around us.


We reached Kinsman Pond Trail and did the rock hop along the stream/trail; there was moss everywhere!


Unfortunately, my phone battery died at this point.  Mom's camera is responsible for the remaining photos.

After climbing up and over many rocks, we reached Kinsman Pond.  The very top of the pond was mostly frozen over, and the trees around it were covered in frost; it truly felt like winter!

Photo by Trish Herr
We looked up toward the summit of North Kinsman...

Photo by Trish Herr
From here, we walked through the Kinsman Pond campsite and headed up to North Kinsman.  When we got there, we checked out the viewpoint but could only see cloud.

Photo by Trish Herr
Together, we went down to the col between North and South Kinsman.  There, since Alex and Mom do not need South Kinsman for the Grid and I do, I moved on to the mountain alone while Alex and Mom hung out near the col.  When I got to the summit, I could see frost on every tree; it looked like Christmas.





I reached the summit of South Kinsman.


I walked back to Alex and Mom, and we climbed back up and over North Kinsman, and then down to Kinsman Pond.  It was easier than we thought it would be to climb down the water-rocks-path of Kinsman Pond Trail, and before we knew it, we were at the intersection with Cascade Brook Trail.

Photo by Trish Herr
A short time after that, Mom, Alex, and I were at Basin-Cascade Trail, and then the huge Basin trailhead.  The hike had been the first one this season with near winter conditions as far as temperatures and wind chill go; we are officially heading into winter!