Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Cannon. June 3, 2018

Kinsman Ridge Trail, 4.0 miles, 2,100 feet

Alex has recently written a blog post about her solo hike of Pierce and Eisenhower.  Go here to check it out.

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This hike was a little different than the others.  We were originally going to hike on Monday the 4th.  However, the forecast said that there would be a good amount of rain on that day; therefore, we decided to hike the day before, on Sunday the 3rd.  We decided on this in the early afternoon on Sunday however, so we ended up starting our trek up Cannon at about 4:00 p.m.



Flowers near the trailhead...




We started up feeling good.  It was just a little bit too hot, but it got cooler as the day went on.  Also, we didn't really notice the bugs that often.




Views!




The sun was bright, and as we headed up we felt really content.


We got most of the way up and to the first viewpoint.  It was a beautiful day, with a blue sky and warm temperatures.





Sideways selfie!


We headed toward the summit...



More views!






Mom and Alex heading up...


The sky was so blue that I just had to take a picture of it...




Shadows!



Yay!  We got to the top to a 360 degree view.  It was amazing.  Mom, Alex, and I couldn't stop taking pictures.













The long flights of stairs!  


After a snack and water break, we headed down.




The final stretch to the car...



Yay!  We finished our hike around 6:30 p.m.  It was a great trek on a beautiful day, with little to no bugs.  We all had a wonderful time.





Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Eisenhower and Pierce. May 28, 2018

About 10.1 miles, 3,100 feet

Mt. Clinton Road, Edmands Path, Eisenhower Loop Trail, Crawford Path, Crawford Connector.

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Alex has also made a trip report of her experiences on this hike, as we took different paths.  Go to alexinthewhitemountains.com to check it out.  Note: she will not be posting this report until tomorrow.

We started out in daylight, after a 45-minute drive from our house.  Alex is trying to complete one round of the 48 solo; therefore, whenever we can (not during the winter), we let her hike by herself.  So, on this hike she started out going up Mount Pierce via Crawford Path while Mom and I walked the two miles on Mt. Clinton Road (because it is closed) to Edmands Path and started up Mount Eisenhower. 

However, we decided to take the first picture of the day together...

Photo by Trish Herr
From the parking lot, all three of us walked a short way on the Crawford Connector to where it intersects with Mount Clinton Road.  Here, Mom and I said goodbye to Alex.  We started the road walk toward Edmands Path and she walked what was left of the Crawford Connector and then up Crawford Path.


After the road walk, which was very green and beautiful, Mom and I got to the Edmands Path trialhead.



Photo by Trish Herr
We started up Edmands.  It was flat for a while, but then it started going up more steeply.



We saw two fallen trees that had pulled their roots and a great amount of dirt up when they came down.  It was quite amazing.




Yay!  We got to tree-line (however, there were no views, just fog) and the intersection between Mt. Eisenhower Loop and Edwards Path.  Mom and I started up Mount Eisenhower.


Here is what Mount Eisenhower looked like from the above intersection...


We ran into Alex coming down Mount Eisenhower!  She had gotten up Pierce and over to Eisenhower already.  We chatted for a little bit and then continued on our separate ways (she was to go down Edmands Path, then walk Mt. Clinton Road to our car, and wait there and we were to continue over to Mount Eisenhower, then Mount Pierce, and then down Crawford Path to our car).



After seeing Alex, we continued up Eisenhower...



Yay!  We got to the summit of Mount Eisenhower.  All the snow was completely gone, and it was very foggy, but we were happy to be there.



Photo by Trish Herr



We then continued over to Mount Pierce, seeing some beautiful flowers along the way.





Yay!  We got to the summit of Mount Pierce!  We had a snack before heading down Crawford Path.





Photo by Trish Herr


Hiking down, the bugs started to come out.  Before, because we started so early, there had been none, but as the day went on they became more noticeable.  However, we were almost done for the day and they didn't bother us that much.



We got to the intersection between Crawford Path and Crawford Connector, then walked the .4 miles on the Crawford Connector back to the car.  Mom and I met up with Alex and we all agreed that we had all had fun and that it had been a good hike for everybody.