More Redlining in Evans Notch

Hiked Cold Brook, Evergreen Link and Bickford Slide trails on 5/20/2016. It was a bright sunny day with enough of a breeze to keep the bugs away most of the time. Bill Cronin joined me for the morning portion of the hike. The first mile or so is on logging roads and skidder trails that are not always easy to figure out where the trail goes. The trail is also lightly used so there isn’t always a visible foot tread but we managed and eventually got away from the logging area and the trail was easier to follow. After an hour or so we crossed the border into the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness Area. That just means that trail maintenance is even less likely to happen.

Crossing the border into the wilderness area
Crossing the border into the wilderness area

We continued up until we got to the ledges where there were great views.

Kearsarge North and the Baldfaces from the ledges
Kearsarge North and the Baldfaces from the ledges
Washington from the ledges
Washington from the ledges

We continued up to the summit of Speckled Mountain where there are also views that are blocked to the south by trees.

Washington from the summit
Washington from the summit

This peak was also the sight of a fire tower.

View north and fire tower foundation
View north and fire tower foundation

We had a snack on the summit, no PBJ it was only 9:45. We took Cold Brook trail down until we got to the Evergreen Link and followed that down to the car. We drove over to Cold Brook and picked up the car that was there and then drove to one end of the trail that Bill was going to do next. We left his car there and I dropped him off at the beginning of his hike. I then drove to the trailhead for my hike. I ate my PBJ while doing all this driving. I parked at Brickett Place off RT 113 in Evans Notch and hiked up the Bickford Brook trail to the Bickford Slide trail which is .5 miles long and has lots of waterfall that are easily visible from the trail.

Lower slide
Lower slide
Upper slide
Upper slide

The trail continued up and passed a few smaller falls.

Not named waterfall
Not named waterfall

I then discovered my first Painted Trillium of the year.

Painted Trillium
Painted Trillium

The Bickford Slide trail then loops back to the Bickford Brook trail which I followed back to the parking lot. Only 8.8 miles left.

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