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.
We reached the summit and had our PBJs. There were some views before it started to rain.
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.
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.
We continued along the Rollins trail and went up Dicey’s Mill trail to the summit of Passaconaway.
We then went a little further to a viewpoint where I had my PBJ.
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.
The trail which is an old logging railroad bed follows along the river and there are some nice views.
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.
There are some good views to the west of the Franconia Ridge.
I reached the summit ridge and then went over to the summit where I had my PBJ.
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.
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 trail 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.
We continued up the trail and met some other hikers and their dogs who were enjoying a soak in the spring.
We reached the summit of Starr King which is just shy of 4000 feet, the views were hazy.
There are still the remains of a cabin that was at the summit for the firetower.
We then hiked over to the summit of Waumbek where I had my PBJ and Bill and Diane had sardines and crackers.
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.
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”.