Lafayette, Lincoln, Liberty and Flume

Hiked Lafayette, Lincoln, Liberty and Flume on July 26, 2014. These were peaks 484, 485, 486 and 487 for completing “The Grid over 60”. I hiked these with Mike Lynch. We spotted a car at Lincoln Woods and then drove to Lafayette Place where we hiked up the Old Bridal Path to the Greenleaf Hut.

 

Greenleaf Hut with North Lafayette in the background
Greenleaf Hut with North Lafayette and Lafayette in the background

From the Greenleaf Hut we hiked up the Greenleaf trail to the summit of Lafayette where the views were a little bit hazy but still pretty good.

Cannon Mountain from Lafayette
Cannon Mountain from Lafayette

We proceeded south on the Franconia Ridge trail to the summit of North Lincoln where there were quite a few people gathered.

 

Looking north from North Lincoln to Lafayette
Looking north from North Lincoln to Lafayette

Continued further south on the Franconia Ridge trail to the summit of Lincoln passing a lot of people on the trail and many on the summit.

Looking south from Lincoln to Little Haystack, Liberty and Flume
Looking south from Lincoln to Little Haystack, Liberty and Flume

Still traveling south we stopped at Little Haystack and had a sandwich (PBJ) and then continued south to Liberty. The stretch of trail between Little Haystack and the Liberty Springs trail is usually not very popular but today there were a lot of people hiking it.

 

Flume from the summit of Liberty
Flume from the summit of Liberty

After taking in the views from Liberty we continued on to Flume the last summit of the day.

Looking north from Flume to the summits of Lincoln, Lafayette and Garfield
Looking north from Flume to the summits of Lincoln, Lafayette and Garfield

Leaving Flume we descended down the Osseo trail to the Lincoln Woods trail to the Lincoln Woods parking area. The Osseo trail has nice views where it descends steeply over ladders.

View from the Osseo ladders
View from the Osseo ladders

Only 89 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

 

 

 

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Field, Willey and Tom

Hiked Field, Willey and Tom on July 23, 2014. These are peaks 481, 482 and 483 in completing “The Grid over 60”. I hiked up the Avalon trail from the AMC’s Highland Center. The AMC professional trail crew was installing rock steps and water bars on the section of the trail between the junction with the AZ trail and the summit of Avalon. After reaching the Willey Range trail I turned left and walked the 100 yards to the summit of Field, the first summit of the day. It was quite hazy so the views were limited.

Hazy view of Bretton Woods and Mt. Washington Hotel from Field
Hazy view of Bretton Woods and Mt. Washington Hotel from Field

I continued along the Willey Range to the Summit of Willey where the views were again limited by the haze.

View of Webster Cliffs and Southern Presidentials from Willey
View of Webster Cliffs and Southern Presidentials from Willey

I returned to the summit of Field where I ate a PBJ and talked with a guy from Indiana who is working on the New Hampshire 48 and also the NE 111 which he hopes to complete in the next year or so. I continued along the Willey Range trail to the AZ trail and then to the Mt. Tom Spur trail. The views were very limited from Tom so I didn’t take any pictures. There were also no Gray Jays to be seen, usually there are some on the summit of Mt. Tom. There was an AMC Volunteer trail crew at work on the Mt. Tom Spur fixing some of the erosion problems and mud holes.

AMC Volunteer trail crew work on Mt. Tom Spur trail
AMC Volunteer trail crew work on Mt. Tom Spur trail

I descended the Mt. Tom Spur to the AZ trail and then down the AZ trail to the Avalon trail and back to the Highland Center. Only 93 summits left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

 

Mount Moriah

Hiked Mount Moriah on July 20, 2014. Peak 480 for “The Grid over 60”. Dragged Mike Lynch along on this peakbagging and redlining extravaganza. We started on the Wild River trail at the Wild River campground. Crossed the Wild River on the bridge which connected to the High Water trail and eventually to the Moriah Brook trail which took us to the Carter-Moriah trail.

Start of Moriah Brook trail
Start of Moriah Brook trail

The trail follows alongside Moriah Brook crossing it many times with many interesting waterfalls along the way.

Waterfall on Moriah Brook
Waterfall on Moriah Brook

The trail is quite easy to follow although it becomes more overgrown and muddy the closer you get to the junction with the Carter-Moriah trail. The ledges on the Carter-Moraih trail were a little damp from a rain shower we had but were not slippery. There was a lot of what I believe is Sheep Laurel in blossom on the ledges.

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Continuing on to the summit we had views that were partially obscured by clouds.

View from the summit of Mount Moriah
View from the summit of Mount Moriah

We continued along the Kenduskeag trail to the junction with the Shelburne trail. The trail was in good shape to the junction with the Rattle River trail. After that junction there were mud pits and sections that were overgrown to the point I couldn’t see where I was putting my feet. There were excellent views from the summit of Shelburne-Moriah.

View from the summit of Shelburne-Moriah
View from the summit of Shelburne-Moriah

The Shelburne trail was overgrown in places but in general it was in good shape. At the end of the Shelburne trail there is no bridge across the Wild River so we just walked across and had a squishy half mile road walk back to the car. Only 96 left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

Mount Cabot

Hiked Mount Cabot on July 18, 2014. This was peak 479 for “The Grid over 60”. I combined this hike with some redlining of a new trail. I started on the Mill Brook trail which starts to the left of the fish hatchery office. It follows a gravel road for a little way and then turns sharp right at a sign which is partially hidden by branches.

Trail sign for Mill Brook trail
Trail sign for Mill Brook trail

The trail then takes a sharp left which is also partially hidden by branches, I almost lost the trail at this point. The trail is quite muddy in a few places but materials have been placed for some bog bridges to be built. At the junction with the Kilkenny Ridge trail I turned left and headed over to Unknown Pond where there were quite a few mosquitoes. Continuing along the Kilkenny Ridge trail I took the short spur trail to The Horn where there were some very good views in all directions.

Looking toward the Presidentials where the summits are in the clouds
Looking toward the Presidentials where the summits are in the clouds

Ate a sandwich (PBJ) at The Horn and then continued on over The Bulge and the viewless summit of Cabot. Stopped for a few minutes at the Boy Scout cabin and then headed down the Kilkenny Ridge trail to the Bunnell Notch trail and out to the parking area. I was fortunate that I got a ride from the parking area back the two miles to where I was parked. Only 97 left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

North and South Hancock

Hiked North and South Hancock on July 17, 2014. These were peaks 477 and 478 towards completing “The Grid” over the age of 60. I followed the usual route of the Hancock Notch trail to the Cedar Brook trail to the Hancock Loop trail. I went up to the North summit first, which is quite steep. There were excellent views from the viewpoint.

View of the Osceolas from North Hancock
View of the Osceolas from North Hancock

After eating a sandwich (PBJ of course) I continued over to the South summit. On the way over, I admired the new bog bridges which have been needed for a long time. Since there aren’t any views from the South summit I went steeply down to the Hancock Loop junction and back to the parking area. Only 98 left to finish “The Grid over 60”.