Cannon

Hiked Cannon Mountain on 11/28/2014. This was peak 533 for “The Grid over 60”. Got a late start as the driving conditions weren’t great because of an inch or two of new snow that hadn’t been treated and was still coming down. Cannon was reporting 11 inches of new snow in the Thanksgiving storm so I was anticipating using snowshoes. Fortunately someone had hiked up on Thanksgiving day although they didn’t go all the way to the summit. There were snow showers all day so no views from the summit.

View of the trail where I had to take over breaking trail
View of the trail where I had to take over breaking trail
The bottom of the summit tower
The bottom of the summit tower

I didn’t go to the top of the summit tower as there weren’t any views and I didn’t want to take off my snowshoes. Oly 43 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

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Wildcat “A” and “D”

Hiked the Wildcats on 11/25/2014. These were peaks 531 and 532 for “The Grid over 60”. I actually hiked 4 of the Wildcat peaks but only A and D count as 4000 foot peaks, B, C and E don’t meet the elevation gain requirement from the nearest official 4000 foot peak. I hiked up the Polecat ski trail to the summit of D. The only snow on the trail was manmade and there were a few muddy spots on the lower parts. The ski area was not officially open. It was forecast to be windy but that didn’t happen so it was pretty comfortable hiking with temperatures above freezing and low winds. There were good views from the platform at the summit of D.

Tuckermans, Raymond Cataract and Huntington from Wildcat D
Gulf of Slides, Tuckerman Ravine, Raymond Cataract and Huntington Ravine from Wildcat D
Summit of Washington from Wildcat D
Summit of Washington from Wildcat D

The hike down from D was quite steep and icy in spots and was slow going. The rest of the hike over to A was pretty normal with a few icy spots but nothing to be concerned about.

Looking east from near the summit of Wildcat C
Looking east from near the summit of Wildcat C

The arrival at the summit of Wildcat A is always sort of surprising as it doesn’t seem like you have gone up enough to be there.

Summit of Carter Dome and Carter Notch from Wildcat A
Summit of Carter Dome and Carter Notch from Wildcat A
Carter Notch and Carter Notch Hut from Wildcat A
Carter Notch and Carter Notch Hut from Wildcat A

The walk to Wildcat D was the same as the walk over to A, just in reverse.

Adams and Madison from near the top of the Pole Cat  trail
Adams and Madison from near the top of the Polecat trail

Only 44 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

Whiteface and Passaconaway

Hiked Whiteface and Passaconaway on 11/22/14. These were peaks 529 and 530 for “The Grid over 60”. Went up Blueberry Ledge trail, I was a little worried as to what condition the ledges would be in but they had an inch or two of crusty snow and weren’t to difficult to climb up. Took my first break at the junction with the Blueberry Ledge Cutoff trail. The horizon looked like it was sunrise but it was really mid morning.

Looking toward the Ossippe range
Looking toward the Ossippe Range
Chorcorua from one of the upper ledges
Chorcorua from one of the upper ledges

It took me a while to hike along the Rollins trail as there was quite a bit of ice to navigate around and some of it was hidden under the snow.

Summit of Whiteface
Summit of Whiteface on Rollins Trail

At the junction of the Dicey’s Mill trail I ate my PBJ and then headed up to the summit of Passaconaway. There were sections of the trail that were completely covered in ice.

Ice on Dicey's Mill trail
Ice on Dicey’s Mill trail

I reached the summit of Passaconaway which doesn’t have any views but there are two viewpoints near the summit.

Summit of Passaconaway
Summit of Passaconaway
Washington, Monroe and Eisenhower from Passaconaway
Washington, Monroe and Eisenhower from Passaconaway
Franconia Ridge from Passaconaway
Franconia Ridge from Passaconaway

On my descent from Passaconaway I saw evidence of recent wildlife activity.

Pileated Woodpecker holes looking for insects
Pileated Woodpecker holes looking for insects

Only 46 more peaks left to complete “The Grid over 60”

Middle and North Tripyramid

Hiked Middle and North Tripyramid on 11/21/14 with Mike Lynch. These were peaks 527 and 528 for “The Grid over 60”. It was predicted to be cold (single numbers) and windy but I don’t think it got any colder than middle teens. It was windy on the ridge line. We went up Sabbaday Brook trail which has an almost 4 mile approach with a fairly gentle ascent and then it is quite steep for almost a mile to the ridge line. There were some snow covered ledges that neither Mike or I felt very comfortable with so rather than descend the same route we decided to go down Pine Bend Brook trail and walk along the road to get back to the cars. There were lots of  snow showers during the day and limted views from both summits.

Passaconaway from Middle Tripyramid
Passaconaway from Middle Tripyramid

Only 48 peaks left to complete “The Grid over 60”.

Eisenhower, Pierce and Jackson

Hiked Eisenhower, Pierce and Jackson on 11/15/14 with Mike Lynch. These were peaks 524, 525 and 526 for “The Grid over 60”. It was 17 degrees at the Edmands Path trailhead and not predicted to get much warmer during the day. It was also predicted to be windy on the exposed summits. There was a light amount of snow on the trail at the beginning and maybe 4 inches as we neared the turn to ascend Eisenhower on the Eisenhower Loop trail.

An ice flow on the side of Edmands Path
An ice flow on the side of Edmands Path

I didn’t take any pictures on Eisenhower as it was very windy blowing a steady 30-40 MPH and gusting to 50 MPH. Fortunatley we had the winds at our back so it pushed us along instead blowing in our faces. We also encountered some knee deep snow drifts. We made our way over to Pierce where there also weren’t any views but not as windy.

View from Pierce
View from Pierce
Summit cairn on Pierce
Summit cairn on Pierce

We had our PBJs on Pierce and then headed down to Mizpah Hut.

Mizpah boarded up for the winter
Mizpah boarded up for the winter

We hiked over to Jackson and the sun came out and there were some nice views.

Summit of Jackson from the Webster Cliff trail
Summit of Jackson from the Webster Cliff trail

It was windy on Jackson and a little chilly.

Looking toward Pierce, Eisenhower and Monroe
Looking toward Pierce, Eisenhower and Monroe
Looking to the west from Jackson
Looking to the west from Jackson

Leaving the summit of Jackson is quite steep and was a little slippery with ice and snow but we made it with no problems. Only 50 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

Carrigain

Hiked Carrigain on 11/14/14. It was peak number 523 for “The Grid over 60”. Sawyer River Road was still open so I was able to drive to the Signal Ridge trailhead avoiding the 2 additional miles of roadwalk. There was one other car in the parking lot. There was a light dusting of snow on the trail at the start and maybe 2 inches near the summit.

Dusting of snow on the Signal Ridge trail
Dusting of snow on the Signal Ridge trail

Once I reached Signal Ridge there were very good views although the higher peaks were in the clouds.

Signal Ridge and the summit of Carrigain
Signal Ridge and the summit of Carrigain
Observation tower on Carrigain
Observation tower on Carrigain
Cliffs on Mt. Lowell and other peaks to the Northeast
Cliffs on Mt. Lowell and other peaks to the Northeast

Once on the summit I climbed the tower to take some pictures. It was windy on the tower but still able to take some pictures.

Chororua and the Sisters
Chororua and the Sisters
Signal Ridge from the summit of Carrigain
Signal Ridge from the summit of Carrigain

Found a small snowfish on the way down.

Snowfish on a sign
Snowfish on a sign

Only 53 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

Hale

Hiked Hale on 11/12/14. It was peak number 522 for “The Grid over 60”. It was a cloudy day with showers predicted in the afternoon. Not much to take pictures of and a relatively short hike, roundtrip in 3 hours on the Hale Brook trail.

Birch forest at the first stream crossing
Birch forest at the first stream crossing
The summit cairn
The summit cairn

The viewless summit was in the clouds. We ate our PBJs on the way down. Only 54 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.