Tecumseh

Hiked Mt. Tecumseh on 7/19/2015. This was peak number 563 for “The Grid over 60”. Mike Lynch joined me for this hike. It was a crummy day for hiking, cloudy and high humidity. Then it rained most of the way down and then the sun came out. Not many pictures were taken today.

Mike hiking up the trail
Mike hiking up the trail

We reached the summit and had our PBJs. There were some views before it started to rain.

View from Tecumseh
View from Tecumseh

Only 13 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

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Whiteface and Passaconaway

Hiked Whiteface and Passaconaway on 7/17/2015. These were peaks 561 and 562 for “The Grid over 60”. I hiked with my first cousin once removed John Heydinger from Minnesota. The weather was again perfect for hiking with low humidity, mild temps and some wind to keep the bugs away. Went up the Blueberry Ledge trail which had good views.

View from one of the ledges on the Blueberry Ledge trail
View from one of the ledges on the Blueberry Ledge trail

After reaching what some people think is the summit we proceeded along the Rollins trail to the true summit of Whiteface which is somewhat unimpressive.

View from the almost summit of Whiteface
View from the almost summit of Whiteface
Summit of Whiteface
Summit of Whiteface

We continued along the Rollins trail and went up Dicey’s Mill trail to the summit of Passaconaway.

Summit of Passaconaway
Summit of Passaconaway

We then went a little further to a viewpoint where I had my PBJ.

View from near the summit of Passaconaway
View from near the summit of Passaconaway

Only 14 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

Owls Head

I hiked Owls Head on 7/16/2015. This was peak number 560 for “The Grid over 60”. The weather was perfect for a long mid July hike, low humidity, temps in the 70s and enough wind to keep the bugs away. The hike starts out by crossing the suspension bridge over the East Branch of the Pemigewasset.

Suspension bridge over the East Branch
Suspension bridge over the East Branch

The trail which is an old logging railroad bed follows along the river and there are some nice views.

Bond and West Bond from Lincoln Woods trail
Bond and West Bond from Lincoln Woods trail

After taking the Black Pond bushwack and Lincoln Brook trails I reached the bottom of the Owls Head slide and started up. It is a steep and rough trail that gives you a pretty good workout.

Owls Head slide trail
Owls Head slide trail

There are some good views to the west of the Franconia Ridge.

Lafayette and Lincoln from the Owls Head slide
Lafayette and Lincoln from the Owls Head slide
Sheep Laurel growing on the Owls Head slide
Sheep Laurel growing on the Owls Head slide

I reached the summit ridge and then went over to the summit where I had my PBJ.

View of Licoln through the trees
View of Lincoln through the trees
Owls Head summit
Owls Head summit

I took the Brutus bushwack down to avoid all the loose rock on the slide and also took the Fisherman’s Path back to the Lincoln Woods trail.

Franconia Falls from the Fisherman's Path
Franconia Falls from the Fisherman’s Path

Only 16 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

Waumbek

Hiked Waumbek on 7/6/2015. This was peak number 559 for “The Grid over 60”. Bill and Diane Schor joined me for this hike. It was a warm hazy day with a few black flies but still a pretty nice hike. The plan was to summit Waumbek and then continue on the Kilkenny Ridge trail over South, Middle and North Weeks to the York Pond ┬átrail and out to the fish hatchery where we had spotted a car. We got started up the trail and soon passed the cistern on the side of the trail which was the water source for some of the old houses.

Cistern on the side of Starr King trail
Cistern on the side of Starr King trail

We continued up the trail and met some other hikers and their dogs who were enjoying a soak in the spring.

Cooling off in the spring
Cooling off in the spring

We reached the summit of Starr King which is just shy of 4000 feet, the views were hazy.

Hazy view from Starr King
Hazy view from Starr King

There are still the remains of a cabin that was at the summit for the firetower.

Chimney and fireplace on Starr King
Chimney and fireplace on Starr King

We then hiked over to the summit of Waumbek where I had my PBJ and Bill and Diane had sardines and crackers.

Bill and Diane on the summit of Waumbek
Bill and Diane on the summit of Waumbek
The hazy view of Washington from Waumbek
The hazy view of Washington from Waumbek

We continued on over the summits of South, Middle and North Weeks. I had never hiked this portion of the Kilkenny Ridge trail and needed it to get me close to finishing redlining all the trails in the AMC’s White Mountain Guide. They are also on the New Hampshire 100 highest list. The trail doesn’t get a lot of use so was a little overgrown in places and a few blowdowns, but we had no trouble following the trail.

Diane on the trail with a lot of ferns
Diane on the trail with a lot of ferns
Abandoned dam at the end of the trail
Abandoned dam at the end of the trail

This was the only stream crossing where I got my feet wet. A few boards over the dam would have ben helpful. Only 17 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.