More AT Sections Near Hanover and Mt. Cube

Hiked the section of the AT that went through Hanover, Velvet Rocks trail, part of Hanover Center trail and the Mt. Cube trail on 5/6/2016. Bill Cronin joined me for part of the day. It was a bright sunny day and the temperature actually got up to 68. This was the first day in about a week that the sun was out. We started out by leaving a car where the Hanover Center trail crossed Hanover Center Road. We then drove to the New Hampshire/Vermont border and started hiking from the Connecticut River through the town of Hanover on sidewalks. Turns out we didn’t really need to do this section for redlining but it was interesting.

Looking east from the Vermont side of the bridge
Looking east from the Vermont side of the bridge
Connecticut River
Connecticut River

We made our way through town, made a wrong turn and had to backtrack a bit, then were standing on a corner looking at the map and reading directions and were thoroughly confused about where to go but a friendly woman pointed us in the right direction. She asked us how long we had been on the AT to which we replied we were just out for the day. She said she thought so as we didn’t smell.

We finally got through town and started on the Velvet Rocks trail.

End of the sidewalk and start of the trail
End of the sidewalk and start of the trail

It was nice to get off the sidewalk and into the woods. We quickly made our way to the Velvet Rocks Shelter which is maintained by the Dartmouth Outing Club. It supposedly will hold 6 people but it looked to me like it would be a bit cozy.

Velvet rocks Shelter
Velvet Rocks Shelter

We continued along the trail, not gaining much elevation. It was just a nice woods walk on a nice day.

Trail through open woods
Trail through open woods
Swamp and Boardwalk
Swamp and Boardwalk

We soon came to the end of the Velvet Rocks trail and crossed Trescott Road and started up the Hanover Center trail. After 1.3 miles we came to Hanover Center Road where the car was parked. We drove back to Hanover picked up the other car and drove to where Bill was going to finish hiking and then drove back to Hanover Center Road to where Bill was going to start hiking again. I drove north a few miles to the Mt. Cube trail. It sounds confusing but it all worked out for both of us. When I started up the Mt. Cube trail the black flies were swarming around me but fortunately not biting. A short ways up the trail I encountered my first spring flowers of the year. It was good to see Purple Trillium and Trout Lilies.

Purple Trillium
Purple Trillium
Trout Lily
Trout Lily

A little further up the trail I ran into a couple of patches of ice. I wasn’t expecting that but they were easy to get around.

Ice on the Mt. Cube trail
Ice on the Mt. Cube trail

The trail kept climbing up some ledge and finally to the summit which is clear and has good views.

Dartmouth Skiway from Mt. Cube
Dartmouth Skiway from Mt. Cube
Looking into Vermont from Mt. Cube
Looking into Vermont from Mt. Cube

I ate some cookies on the summit and enjoyed the views and refreshing breeze. I then made my way back to the car where the black flies had disappeared. Only 24.6 miles left to finish.

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