Moriah

I hiked Moriah on 6/26/2015. This was peak number 558 for “The Grid over 60”. The weather forecast was for another perfect hiking day and it certainly was perfect. I took the Carter-Moriah trail from Bangor Street in Gorham which I hadn’t done in a while. There are lots of ledges going this way but they were all dry so it wasn’t a problem. Not too much to see along the trail except some nice mushrooms.

Mushrooms on a stump
Mushrooms on a stump

Stopped on Mt. Surprise on the way up where there were some excellent views.

Washington from Mt. Surprise
Washington from Mt. Surprise
Cloud shading Adams
Cloud shading Adams

There were also some interesting plants and birds on Mt. Surprise

Sheep Laurel on Mt. Surprise
Sheep Laurel on Mt. Surprise
Reindeer lichen on Mt. Surprise
Reindeer lichen on Mt. Surprise
White Throated Sparrow on Mt. Surprise
White Throated Sparrow on Mt. Surprise

After Mt. Surprise I hiked the remaining couple of miles to the summit where I admired the views and ate my PBJ.

Northern Presidential range from Moriah
Northern Presidential range and the Carters from Moriah

Started the hike down and took a few more pictures.

Mountain Ash flower
Mountain Ash flower
Section of Bog bridges in the trail
Section of Bog bridges in the trail

Got to the parking lot and had time to drive over to Shelburne and redline 4 miles of trail. Only 18 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

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Isolation

Hiked Isolation on 6/24/2015. This was peak number 557 for “The Grid over 60”. I hiked with Bill and Diane  Schor, Charlie and Nancy Foote, Ed Hawkins (hiker.ed) and Larry Yetter. The weather forecast was for a perfect hiking day and it definitely was a perfect day, cool temps, bright sun and just enough wind to keep the bugs away. The trail was a little wet from rain in the previous days but I managed to keep my feet dry. We took the Engine Hill bushwack to avoid two of the 5 crossings of the Rocky Branch stream. This is a very open bushwack with good views over to the summit of Isolation.

Birch glade on the Engine Hill bushwack
Birch glade on the Engine Hill bushwack

After the bushwack we proceeded up to the fifth and final crossing of the Rocky Branch.

Charlie helping Diane across the Rocky Branch
Charlie helping Diane across the Rocky Branch

Then the final couple of wet miles up to the summit. It was perfectly clear with nice breezes and great views and even a visit from some grey jays.

View to the north of Washington
View to the north of Washington
Snow in Oakes Gulf
Snow in Oakes Gulf
Grey Jay with a snack from Charlie
Grey Jay with a snack from Charlie
Labrador Tea growing on the summit
Labrador Tea growing on the summit

We all had lunch on the summit. Diane brought some excellent brownies for everyone and Nancy brought some delicious fudge. I almost didn’t need my PBJ. We then started the long hike back to the parking lot. Only 19 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

Garfield

Hiked Mt. Garfield on 6/11/2015. This was peak number 556 for “The Grid over 60”. It was a nice day with temps in the 70s and enough wind to keep the bugs away. It’s 5 miles to the summit but it is pretty gentle although always up until the last .2 miles which is pretty steep. There are several stream crossings that were all easy with no wet feet.

Stream crossing on Mt. Garfield trail
Stream crossing on Mt. Garfield trail

There were a few flowers in blossom but the Painted and Purple Trilliums have gone by.

Bunchberry
Bunchberry

After 4.8 miles I reached the junction with the Garfield Ridge trail where the trail gets quite a bit steeper.

Sign at Garfield Ridge
Sign at Garfield Ridge

I quickly reached the summit where there were good views. I didn’t eat my PBJ there as it was only 10:15 and I wasn’t hungry. I stopped on the way down by a stream where there weren’t any bugs and ate there.

Foundation of the old firetower on Garfield
Foundation of the old firetower on Garfield
Franconia Ridge
Franconia Ridge
Summit of Cannon
Summit of Cannon

I met quite a few people on the way up as I was going down including one group of about 15 that were planning to spend the night at the Garfield shelter. Might have been kind of crowded. Only 20 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

Osceola and East Osceola

Hiked Osceola and East Osceola on 6/3/2015. These were peaks 554 and 555 for “The Grid over 60”.  After 3 days of cold and rain it was nice to have a sunny day with cool temps and no bugs. Because of all the rain the trail was wet with mud in some places but really not all that bad.

Wet trail going up Osceola
Wet trail going up Osceola

There were also many more small stream crossings than I remembered on the trail but they had nice little waterfalls.

Small waterfall on Mt. Osceola trail
Small waterfall on Mt. Osceola trail

There weren’t many flowers in blossom but there were a few Painted Trillium.

Painted Trillium
Painted Trillium

Once I reached the summit of Osceola the views were pretty good except that some of the summits were just barely in the clouds.

Tripyramids with the summits in the clouds
Tripyramids with the summits in the clouds

I made my way over to East Osceola and took the bypass around the chute. Both routes were wet but the bypass looked to be the better option.

The Chute between the two summits
The Chute between the two summits
Wooded summit of East Osceola
Wooded summit of East Osceola

After summiting East Osceola I made way back to Osceola where I ate my PBJ. By this time the clouds had lifted off the other summits.

Tripyramids with no clouds on the summits
Tripyramids with no clouds on the summits

Looking over at Mt. Kancamaugus you could clearly see the light green lines of the old logging roads on the side of the mountain. These are quite common on many of the White Mountains.

Old logging rods on Mt. Kancamaugus
Old logging roads on Mt. Kancamaugus
Franconia Ridge from Osceola
Franconia Ridge from Osceola

I made good time down to the parking lot and I got home in time to go to my 5:15 meeting. Only 21 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.