Trails way up north

This was a trip to hike some of the trails that I had put off doing for a long time because they were so far away. My wife, Amantha, joined me on this trip to help with some of the logistics. We drove up Saturday afternoon on 10/31/15 to Lancaster, NH and spent the night there. We then got up early on Sunday and drove up to the Canadian border to hike the Fourth Connecticut Lake trail. It took us an hour and 40 minutes of driving to get there from Lancaster which many people would consider to be at the end of the earth. The trail follows the actual border for about 7 tenths of a mile before heading to the lake. The weather was predicted to be cloudy with a chance of showers. It pretty much showered all day with temps in the 30s. Not a great day for hiking.

Fourth Connecticut Lake Trail following the international boundary
Fourth Connecticut Lake Trail following the international boundary
Boudary marker
Boundary marker

After turning off the border it was a pleasant trail that circled the small lake which is the headwaters of the Connecticut River.

Fourth Connecticut Lake
Fourth Connecticut Lake
Start of the Connecticut River
Start of the Connecticut River

After completing this trail we drove a few miles south where Amantha dropped me off at one end of the Falls in the River trail and then she drove 2 miles to the other end to wait for me. Since it was raining fairly hard at the time, she didn’t mind missing out on the hike.

Trail sign with letters nailed on
Trail sign with letters nailed on
Falls in the River
Falls in the River

This was a nice hike that would have better on a dry day with the sun out. The falls were pretty spectacular especially since there had been recent rain.

We then drove a little further south to the Magalloway Road which is the main logging road through the forest. It gets a lot of traffic and is in pretty good shape for a  dirt logging road. We turned off it following the directions in the guide book and the road got progressively smaller until we got to the end where the trail for Mt. Magalloway started. This a fairly steep trail that goes to the summit where there is a firetower with good views if you were there on a good day. I didn’t bring my camera as it was raining and the summit was in the clouds. Took a different trail down that ended up at the same trailhead. There weren’t any signs so you pretty much need the guide book to figure out what to do.

We then backtracked to the main logging road and went about 7 miles further to get to Garfield Falls. This a short hike that we both went on and the falls were running pretty fast.

Garfield Falls
Garfield Falls

Garfield Falls was the last planned hike for the day but we got brave and followed the main road further instead of going back to Rt 3 in Pittsburg. We ended up on Rt  16 north of Errol. Following Rt 16 south we came to the Magalloway River trail which is a short handicapped accessible trail in the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge. It is short but is on the list of trails to complete. Hiked 6.7 miles of trail for the day and have 87.7 miles left to complete.

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