Garfield

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.

Fog shrouded trail
Fog shrouded trail

The view of the summit was hard to see with the clouds.

View of the Mt. Garfield summit
View of the Mt. Garfield summit

Not many flowers or mushrooms today but there were some hobblebush berries.

Hobblebush berries
Hobblebush berries

Only 70 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

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Tecumseh

Hiked Mt. Tecumseh on 9/17/2014. This was peak number 505 for “The Grid over 60”. There was nice view of the Tripyramids from the ski area viewpoint partway up the trail.

View of the Tripyramids from viewpoint partway up the Mt. Tecumseh trail
View of the Tripyramids from viewpoint partway up the Mt. Tecumseh trail

There was also a nice view to the west just before reaching the summit.

View to the west with valley fog and Moosiluake in the clouds
View to the west with valley fog and Moosilauke in the clouds

There were a few flags on the summit left from the Flags on the 48 on 9/13/14. This has been done annually to honor those who died on 9/11.

Flags on the summit
Flags on the summit

There were several kinds of mushrooms in the forest near the summit.

Small red mushroom
Small red mushroom

 

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A smaller white mushroom

Small white mushroom growing on a dead log
Small white mushroom growing on a dead log

 

Only 71 left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

Tom, Field and Willey

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.

New rock steps on the Avalon trail
New rock steps on the Avalon trail

There was quite a bit of Clintonia or the Blue Bead Lily along the trail.

Blue Bead Lily
Blue Bead Lily

No views today from any of the summits but there was some interesting lighting because the clouds were right down into the forest.

Cloudy forest along the Willey Range trail
Cloudy forest along the Willey Range trail

There were also quite a few mushrooms out.

Brown mushroom growing on a dead tree
Brown mushroom growing on a dead tree

 

White mushroom
White mushroom

Only 72 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

Bondcliff, Bond, West Bond and Zealand

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.

Garfield from Bondcliff
Garfield from Bondcliff

Bondcliff is also a good place for yoga poses if the wind isn’t blowing.

Mountain pose on Bondcliff
Mountain pose on Bondcliff

On the way over to Bond there was some alpine vegetation including some Bog Bilberry which turns a nice purple color in the fall.

Bog Bilberry
Bog Bilberry

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.

Mike approaching the summit of Bond
Mike approaching the summit of Bond

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.

Bondcliff from West Bond
Bondcliff from West Bond

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.

Whitewall moumtain from Zeacliff
Whitewall moumtain from Zeacliff

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”.

Adams and Madison

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.

Looking down one of the ladders on the Six Husbands trail
Looking down one of the ladders on the Six Husbands trail

There were a lot of Painted Trillium fruits along the trail, these seem to be quite abundant this year.

Painted Trillium fruit
Painted Trillium fruit

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.

View of Adams from Six Husbands trail
View of Adams from Six Husbands trail

 

Washington from the Six Husbands trail
Washington from the Six Husbands trail

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.

Madison from Star Lake
Madison from Star Lake

 

Madison from the Buttress trail
Madison from the Buttress trail

The Buttress trail crosses several talus slopes and also has you crawl under several rocks.

A crawl under on the Buttress trail
A crawl under on the Buttress trail

 

Talus slope on the Buttress trail
Talus slope on the Buttress trail

Only 79 left to complete “The Grid over 60”.

 

Eisenhower

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.

Stone Gate on Edmands Path
Stone Gate on Edmands Path

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.

Views to the west from summit of Eisenhower
Views to the west from summit of Eisenhower
Mt. Washington Hotel from the summit of Eisenhower
Mt. Washington Hotel from the summit of Eisenhower

There were a few flowers in blossom along the Edmands Path, primarily Golden Rod and Asters.

Golden Rod
Golden Rod

 

Asters
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.

Wood Frog
Wood Frog

Only 81 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

Middle Carter, South Carter and Carter Dome

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.

View from near the summit of Middle Carter
View from near the summit of Middle Carter looking toward the northern Presidentials

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.

Bog bridges on the Carter-Moriah trail
Bog bridges on the Carter-Moriah trail

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.

Through hiker "Catfish" on South Carter
Through hiker “Catfish” on South Carter

On the way over to Carter Dome there was quite a bit of Bunch Berry with it’s attractive red berries.

Bunch Berry
Bunch Berry

The views from Carter Dome were also hazy but the clouds had lifted a little bit.

Adams and Madison from Carter Dome
Adams and Madison from Carter Dome

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.

Waterfall on Carter Dome trail
Waterfall on Carter Dome trail

Only 82 left to finish “The Grid over 60”.