More Hikes in Evans Notch

Did two separate hikes in Evans Notch on 11/5/2015. It was a very warm day for November, temps in the mid 60s. I was very quickly hiking in just shorts and a T-shirt. There were bright blue skies and very little wind. The first hike was up the Laughing Lion trail which is quite steep and was also pretty slippery with lots of new fallen dry leaves. The leaves also hid holes between rocks so you had to be pretty careful where you stepped.

View from Laughing Lion trail with fog in the valleys
View from Laughing Lion trail with fog in the valleys

After the Laughing Lion trail I continued up the Royce trail, which I had hiked previously to the East Royce Connector to the East Royce Trail to the summit of East Royce. There were great views from the summit of East Royce which is slightly higher than 3000 feet in elevation.

View towards the Presidential range from East Royce
View towards the Presidential Range from East Royce
Washington with a cloud perched on the summit
Washington with a cloud perched on the summit

After the summit I hiked all the way down to the road and then about 1 mile along the road to get back to the car. That completed hike number 1 for the day. Drove to the parking for the Baldface Circle trail and hiked up to the Junction with the Slippery Brook trail which I followed to the height of land and junction with the Eastman Peak trail. The Slippery Brook trail was also covered with dry leaves which made it difficult in a few places to follow the trail and also covered up some of the holes and mud pits. There were very good views from the summit of Eastman Peak.

South Baldface from the summit of Eastman Peak
South Baldface from the summit of Eastman Peak
Carter Dome and Mt. Hight from Eastman Peak
Carter Dome and Mt. Hight from Eastman Peak
East and West Royce from Eastman Peak
East and West Royce from Eastman Peak

After enjoying the views I walked back down to the junction with the Baldface Circle trail and went up to the Chandler Gorge Loop trail. It was getting late and was dark in the Gorge but looks like a good place to visit in the summer.

The top of Chandler Gorge
The top of Chandler Gorge

Walked back to the parking lot and got there just as it was getting pretty dark and almost needing a headlamp.

Trails hiked;

Laughing Lion  1.1 miles, East Royce Connector .2 miles, East Royce 1.3 miles, Slippery Brook .6 miles, Eastman Peak .8 miles and Chandler Gorge .5 miles and then there were several miles that didn’t count as I had already hiked them. Only 81.1 miles left.

 

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