Hiked Mt. Garfield on 9/18/14. It was peak number 506 for “The Grid over 60”. The weather forecast was for cloudy conditions and becoming partly sunny. There was no mention of the showers that I encountered or that the clouds would be below the summit. There were no views today. The trail from about 3000 feet in elevation was shrouded in clouds.
The view of the summit was hard to see with the clouds.
Not many flowers or mushrooms today but there were some hobblebush berries.
Hiked Tom, Field and Willey on 9/12/14. Peaks 502, 503 and 504 for “The Grid over 60”. The forecast was for clear skies but that didn’t happen as the summits were in the clouds all day, they did clear out after I was done hiking. I guess I should have started later. I was interested to see how the trail work that was starting back in July was progressing on the Avalon trail. It looks like it is all done.
There was quite a bit of Clintonia or the Blue Bead Lily along the trail.
No views today from any of the summits but there was some interesting lighting because the clouds were right down into the forest.
Hiked Bondcliff, Bond, West Bond and Zealand on 9/10/14. Peaks number 498, 499, 500 and 501 for “The Grid over 60”. Hiked these with Mike Lynch from Lincoln Woods to the Zealand trailhead. It was a beautiful clear day with cool temperatures to start, it got a little warm in the afternoon. It took us about 11 hours to complete the 19 mile hike, it would have been less time but we stopped and talked with 1 person for about a half hour. The views from Bondcliff were very clear. Also the first PBJ of the day there.
Bondcliff is also a good place for yoga poses if the wind isn’t blowing.
On the way over to Bond there was some alpine vegetation including some Bog Bilberry which turns a nice purple color in the fall.
Mike doesn’t really like the hike from Bondcliff to Bond, it’s steep and rough for quite a bit of the way, but he made it.
West Bond was peak number 500 for “The Grid over 60”, a good milestone to reach. It has great views of the whole Pemigewasset wilderness.
We continued on our way to Zealand which has no views but I did have my second PBJ of the day there. From Zealand it’s all downhill to the trailhead. We stopped at Zeacliff to look at the views.
We stopped at Zealand hut for a snack and water and then out to the trailhead. Only 75 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.
Hiked Adams and Madison on September 7, 2014. Peaks 496 and 497 for “The Grid over 60”. Managed to make this a 17 mile hike by hiking through the Great Gulf and up the Six Husbands trail to the Edmands Col Cutoff and along the Gulfside trail to Israel Ridge to Adams, then Airline back to Gulfside to Madison Hut and Madison and then down the Buttress trail to Great Gulf. It was a long day. Six Husbands trail is quite steep and has 4 ladders to help but there are a few other places that could use ladders that make for some interesting challenges.
There were a lot of Painted Trillium fruits along the trail, these seem to be quite abundant this year.
Once the trail is above treeline and it flattens out a bit there are extensive views in all directions from a perspective you don’t often get to see.
It was quite windy on the summit of Adams so I didn’t linger long to take pictures. Stopped at Madison Hut and had a snack (PBJ) and then went up Madison. Unfortunately I left my camera at the hut so no pictures from the summit of Madison where it was even windier than Adams. Fortunately my camera was still where I had left it at the hut. I went over to Star Lake and then down the Buttress trail which is steep and rough but not as steep as the Six Husbands trail.
The Buttress trail crosses several talus slopes and also has you crawl under several rocks.
Hiked Mt. Eisenhower on September 2, 2014. Peak number 495 for”The Grid over 60″. It was another humid day but I got an early start to avoid the heat. Hiked up the Edmands Path to the Eisenhower Loop trail to the summit. At 2.2 miles up the trail there is a stone gateway that was placed there by J. Rayner Edmands in the early 1900’s. It looks like it has fallen into some disrepair with a few new rocks added by others.
Views from the summit were hazy and occaisonally completely obscured by clouds. There was nice breeze to cool things off so I hung around for the brief openings when the clouds lifted.
There were a few flowers in blossom along the Edmands Path, primarily Golden Rod and Asters.
Almost back to the trailhead I saw what I’m quite sure was a Wood Frog. Normally these are found in or near vernal pools in the spring and then you don’t see them the rest of the year.
Hiked Middle Carter, South Carter and Carter Dome on September 1, 2014. These were peaks 492, 493 and 494 for “The Grid over 60”. Hiked these with Mike Lynch on a very humid day. We parked at 19 Mile Brook Trail and then did the short road walk to Camp Dodge and then the shortcut to the Imp Trail to the North Carter trail to the Carter-Moriah trail. Not much of interest going up the Imp and North Carter trails. Met a Japanese through hiker at the junction of the North Cater trail and Carter-Moriah trail. He had spent the night on Carter Dome and was headed for the Rattle River shelter. Views from Middle Carter were hazy.
The Carter-Moriah trail is nice as there interesting changes in the scenery with areas of grassy bog bridges mixed with the usual rocky areas.
There aren’t any views from the summit of South Carter but I did enjoy my usual PBJ there and chatted with another through hiker by the name of “Catfish”. He was also trying to get to the Rattle River shelter for the night.
On the way over to Carter Dome there was quite a bit of Bunch Berry with it’s attractive red berries.
The views from Carter Dome were also hazy but the clouds had lifted a little bit.
On the way down the Carter Dome trail there is a nice little waterfall which is a good place to take a break for a drink and to cool off and then out to the tailhead.