Today, 5/26/2016, was a day to do some of the little sections of trail that have been needing to be done for quite some time and just haven’t made into the schedule. I spent more time driving than hiking but accomplished everything I wanted to hike. Started out with the Dilly trail in Kinsman Notch. The trail is only .5 miles long but is very steep. It starts in the Lost River tourist attraction and goes up to the Kinsman Ridge trail. Last fall I went up the trail over the very steep part but couldn’t find the last .1 mile of trail. I spent about 45 minutes looking for it and with all the newly fallen leaves it just wasn’t visible. So this time I hiked up the Kinsman Ridge trail to follow it from the other end. I followed the Dilly Trail down to where I had lost it the year before. It still wasn’t very obvious but I managed to complete the whole trail.
Next on the list for the day was the Boy Path located off Route 2 in Jefferson Highlands. It is located on private land but the owners are fine with hikers using the trail. Follow the directions in the AMC Guidebook to find the trail. It goes up continuously with no break until you reach the viewpoint where there are good views and a comfortable bench.
Next on the list was .9 miles of the Presidential Rail trail in Randolph. I parked at Appalachia and walked the .9 miles to Randolph East and then walked back to Appalachia. There wasn’t anything worthy of taking a picture. Finally I drove over to Evans Notch for the last hike of the day, Eagle Cascade Link. Parked at the parking lot for the Baldface Circle Trail. Hiked 2.1 miles up the trail to the Eagle Cascade Link and followed that for .7 miles to the Bicknell Ridge trail and then followed that for 2.8 miles back to the parking lot. That was 5.6 miles of hiking but only .7 counted for redlining.
Saw my first Rhodora of the year where the Eagle Cascade Link joins the Bicknell Ridge trail.
A lot of hiking for only 2.8 miles of redlining, but it was a good day and not too many bugs. Only 6 miles left to finish.