Bemis and Nancy

My next posting for the “Grid over 60” and redlining won’t be until July 16th when I finish both of those lists and also finish calendar days, which is summiting a 4000 foot peak on every day of the year. So I have taken on 2 more lists which also fit in with the title of final 100. They are the New England 100 Highest Peaks and the New Hampshire 100 Highest Peaks. I have already done quite a few of these peaks and most of the ones I have left are bushwacks. I hiked Bemis and Nancy on 6/9 2016 with Bill Cronin. Bemis is a New Hampshire 100 highest peak and Nancy is both a New Hampshire and New England 100 highest peak.

The weather was forecast to be cloudy and temps in the 50s with strong winds. There was a bit of a chill in the air at elevation with the strong winds it was downright chilly. Some of that winter gear that I thought I was done with came in handy. There used to be a firetower on Bemis so there was a trail that hasn’t been maintained for many years but can still be followed. It was very easy to follow at first but became more difficult when we got into the spruce at the higher elevations it was overgrown and many blowdowns. The worst section was at the first high point where it took almost an hour to go about a quarter of a mile. We lost the trail and then found it eventually. Continuing on there weren’t as many blowdowns but there were sections that were so overgrown that you couldn’t see your feet which is always dangerous as you don’t know what is there.

The easy part of the Mt Bemis trail
The easy part of the Mt Bemis trail

After what seemed like forever we reached the summit and saw the remains of the old fire tower. We searched for the canister to sign in but weren’t able to find it.

Remains of firetower on Mt Bemis
Remains of firetower on Mt Bemis

We then started back and had an even worse time navigating the thick section. We finally got through it and out into the open where we sat down and had our PBJs. We got back to the Nancy Pond trail and started up to Nancy Cascade which is a pretty tall waterfall.

Nancy Cascade
Nancy Cascade

It is very steep going past Nancy Cascade and everything was pretty slippery from rain the night before and no sun to dry things. We got past the Cascade and Nancy Pond and Norcross Pond. These are two of the highest ponds in New Hampshire at about 3000 feet.

Norcross Pond
Norcross Pond

There was a pretty strong cold wind blowing across the pond. We reached the end of the pond which is where the trail up to Mt Nancy starts. This is another unmaintained trail that goes straight up the side of the mountain but fortunately didn’t have any blowdowns or difficult sections. There would have been views from the summit if it hadn’t been in the clouds so no view picture from the summit.

Summit of Mt Nancy
Summit of Mt Nancy

After getting back to Norcross Pond we continued along the Nancy Pond trail as Bill needed it for redlining. We then took the Carrigain Notch and Signal Ridge trails back to the car we had left on Sawyer River road. It was 19.6 miles of hiking in 12 hours. I have 27 peaks left on the New England 100 highest list and 35 peaks left on the New Hampshire 100 highest list

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