Ranger, Daniel Doan and Sunday Mountain Trails

Hiked the Ranger, Daniel Doan and Sunday Mountain trails all north of Hanover, NH on 3/19/2016. The Ranger and Daniel Doan trails connect to the Appalachian trail. We spotted a car at each end so we didn’t have to do any back tracking. Bill Cronin joined me for these hikes. It was a perfect day for hiking, bright and sunny and cold enough so that there wasn’t any sweating involved. We got a sort of late start as we had to get cars in the right place and it took longer than we thought. Went up the Ranger trail to the summit of Smarts Mountain. It was bare ground at the start but around 2500′ there started to be ice on the trail and eventually a lot of ice but we managed to navigate it without any problems. At 1.9 miles in on the trail was the old Fire Wardens garage and also the only major stream crossing.

Abandoned garage for Fire Warden
Abandoned garage for Fire Warden
Only major stream crossing on the trail
Only major stream crossing on the trail

At the junction with the Appalachian trail there was a lot of ice on the trail.

Ice at the trail junction
Ice at the trail junction

It was .6 miles from the junction to the summit where there is a fire tower, tent sites and a cabin. The fire tower is closed for repairs but we were able to climb up part way for the views.

Looking at Killington over in Vermont
Looking at Killington over in Vermont
Cabin on summit of Smarts Mountain
Cabin on summit of Smarts Mountain

It was 12 degrees on the summit and a 19 MPH breeze so we didn’t linger too long. The upper part of the Daniel Doan trail also had a lot of ice and we spent quite a bit of time off in the woods to avoid the worst of it.

Ice on the Daniel Doan trail
Ice on the Daniel Doan trail
Bill navigating the ice
Bill navigating the ice

We enjoyed our PBJs part way down the trail, Bill actually had a huge Bologna sandwich. After reaching the bottom we had to go collect the car we had left at the start of the trail and then position cars at the 2 trailheads for Sunday Mountain. We went up the west side of Sunday Mountain and had a pleasant hike up to the summit with no ice, but some slippery leaves.

Summit of Sunday Mountain
Summit of Sunday Mountain

There were very limited views from the wooded summit but a good view a bit down from the summit.

Looking toward Moosilaukee
Looking toward Moosilaukee

We continued down to the bottom and had a long drive home. Only 41.5 miles left. July 16th is the scheduled completion date for this and two other lists.

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