Middle and West Long

Hiked Middle and West Long on 8/19/2016 with Bill and Diane Schor and Bill Cronin. Weather was perfect with bright blue skies temps in the seventies and a slight breeze and there weren’t any bugs. We drove up Nash Stream road and then turned onto Trio Ponds Road until it was gated. Walked up .3 miles and then turned on to an old logging road which we followed for about a mile. The map showed the road as ending but it seemed to keep going. We turned and entered the woods heading for Middle Long. The woods were pretty open and it was easy walking. There was lots of sign of moose including some trees where they had rubbed the velvet off their antlers.

Moose rubbing tree
Moose rubbing tree

We reached the summit of Middle Long and found the summit canister and signed in and enjoyed our PBJs.

Middle Long summit canister
Middle Long summit canister
Me on Middle Long
Me on Middle Long

After lunch we set off for West Long via Long Mountain Pond. This is a small pond at 3400 feet that some people hike up to and fish. The water level looked to be low with the lack of rainfall.

Long Mountain Pond
Long Mountain Pond

We then headed for West Long and we again encountered lots of moose evidence including some antlers.

Moose antler chewed by mice
Moose antler chewed by mice

We reached the summit and had a snack before the hike down.

West Long sumitt canister
West Long summit canister
Bill and Diane checking the map
Bill and Diane checking the map
Bunchberry on the summit
Bunchberry on the summit

We headed down and luckily ran into the same old logging road that must have come up to near the pond. We followed that all the way down to the road which certainly made the trip easier and faster.

Bill and Diane leaving the woods.
Bill and Diane leaving the woods.

Only 26 more to finish the New Hampshire 100 Highest.

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