Hiked Waumbek on 12/21/2014. This was peak 543 for “The Grid over 60”. Gary Tompkins joined me for this hike. The trail was well packed out and was an easy hike. Views were limited by low-lying clouds. We stopped briefly on the summit of Starr King before we headed over to the summit of Waumbek.
It was a quick hike over to the summit of Waumbek through some nice soft snow.
Someone had stuck some feathers on the sign at the summit. Looked like maybe a Red Tailed Hawk and Crow feathers.
We went back to Starr King to have our lunch and we were attacked by very aggressive Gray Jays trying to steal our lunch.
Hiked Cabot on 12/20/2014. This was peak 542 for “The Grid over 60”. Mike Lynch joined me on this hike. Trail conditions were almost perfect with a packed out trail and only a couple of blowdowns to deal with. The temperature was only 3 degrees when we started out but it warmed up into the 20s and with no wind it was a very pleasant day.
We made our way up to Bunnell Rock and admired the views and soaked up some sun.
We made our way past the Cabot Cabin and over to the summit of Cabot. There aren’t any views from the true summit but there are from the little knob just beyond the cabin.
We ate our PBJs at Cabot Cabin and were joined by a Canada Jay. It was not at all aggressive about stealing food. All it did was look at us and eventually flew away.
We left the cabin and made our way back to the car.
Hiked Moriah on 12/19/2014. This was peak 541 for “The Grid over 60”. Gary Tompkins joined me on this hike which turned out to be a pretty tough hike because of all blowdowns and snow encrusted branches leaning over the trail. The first 2.5 miles were no problem with hard packed trail, after that it was a lot of work dealing with all the trees and branches in the trail. Fortunately 2 other hikers had gone up before us and knocked off some of the snow and ice but certainly not all of it.
It was another day of no views because of the cloud cover but there wasn’t much wind so we were able to spend a little time on the summit.
After we ate our PBJs we started down through the mess again. The clouds lifted a little bit and the sun tried to come out but wasn’t very successful.
Hiked Cannon on 12/16/2014. It was peak 540 for “The Grid over 60”. Gary Tompkins joined me for this hike. We wore snowshoes for the entire hike. There was a couple of inches of new snow on the trail and some that had fallen off the trees. Not to far up the trail we passed two guys wearing microspikes who seemed to be struggling in the soft snow. They had left their snowshoes in the car. I wasn’t overly sympathetic with their choice. We didn’t see them again until we were part way down. It was a cloudy day and we never saw the sun but it was a nice temperature in the mid 20s.
We lost the trail ascending to the summit which is pretty easy to do. The cairns are small and paint on rocks doesn’t do much good when they are covered with snow. We headed off to the right to get on the ski trail and then found our way to the summit.
We left the summit and ate our PBJs down near the lookout which is also where we found the microspikers. We descended very quickly as the trail was nice and soft and there weren’t the usual rocks roots to worry about. The trail crosses a back country ski trail several times and looks like it will need several more feet of snow before it is can be skied on.
Hiked Carrigain on 12/14/14. This was peak 539 for “The Grid over 60”. Hiked with Mike Lynch, Gary Tompkins and Guy Jubinville. Started by hiking the 2 miles of Sawyer River Road that isn’t plowed in the winter in our microspikes.
Once we reached the trailhead we switched over to snowshoes for the rest of the day. Fortunately a couple of hikers had broken out the trail the day before although in the higher elevations it was still pretty soft and needed further packing down.
Once we reached Signal Ridge it was chilly and a bit windy but there were good views with some low hanging clouds.
We didn’t linger long on the summit as it was windy but there was time for a photo.
We had our PBJs and pizza just below the summit in a sunny non windy place.
Back on Signal Ridge there were a few more photo ops.
We wore our snowshoes all the way back to the cars. It was a long 14 mile day. Only 37 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.
Hiked Moosilaukee on 12/11/14. It was peak 538 for “The Grid over 60”. Hiked with Mike Lynch, Bill Schor and Bill Cronin. It rained almost all the way driving up to the trailhead but stopped just before I got there. We had some light snow off and on during the day but it was a pretty good day for hiking despite the lack of views. There was a little crusty snow on the trail at the beginning that gradually got deeper the higher up we went.
Once we got to the Junction with the Carriage Road we put some more layers on and headed out on the final .9 mile to the summit. There was a bit of drifted snow in the trail but a quick hike despite the low visibility because of the light snow coming down.
We returned to the junction where we had our PBJs and then quickly descended to the parking lot. Only 38 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.
Hiked Madison and Adams on 12/5/2014. These were peaks 536 and 537 for “The Grid over 60”. Mike Lynch joined me for this hike. We had another perfect day to be above treeline with temps in the high teens and low 20s, clear skys and low winds. We started up the Valley Way with just a dusting of snow on the ground and 4 or 5 inches as we approached the Madison Springs Hut. There were some sections with ice but very easy to navigate around them.
After a short break we headed up to the summit of Madison a half mile and 500 vertical feet away. There was some ice and very hardpacked snow on the way up but nothing very difficult. There were good views in all directions from the summit.
We didn’t spend much time on the summit as were hungry for our PBJs at the hut.
After our sandwiches we headed over to Adams which is about a mile away and 900 vertical feet up.
We headed back down Adams to the Valley Way and the long hike out to Appalachia.
As we drove home the tops of the mountains were hidden in the storm clouds. Only 39 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.