Sable Mountain

Hiked Sable Mountain with Bill and Diane Schor on 8/30/2016. It was a bright sunny day although a bit more humid than was predicted. Sable is southwest of the popular North and South Baldfaces in the Evans Notch area. We hiked 3.5 miles up the Baldface Circle and Slippery Brook trails before we started the bushwhack to Sable. There is a long abandoned trail to Sable from South Baldface that we were hoping to find and we did eventually did locate it after some rather tough navigating spruce. We started the bushwhack at the junction of the Slippery Brook trail and Baldface Knob trails.

Diane at the start of the bushwhack
Diane at the start of the bushwhack

We followed a herd path for a quarter of a mile but eventually lost it in a small swamp. We were headed for the low point between South Baldface and Sable and most of the way was through very nice areas of ferns and birch glades.

Bill and Diane in the ferns
Bill and Diane in the ferns
Birch Glade
Birch Glade

We were hoping to intersect with the abandoned Sable Mountain trail but couldn’t find it so we headed up the first knob of Sable. We ran into a cliff band which we got around by going around it to the west. It was tough going with thick spruce but we eventually got to the top of the knob and headed along the ridgeline to Sable. We found the old trail and were able to follow it to the summit of Sable which saved a lot of time and crawling through thick spruce. There was lots of evidence of moose including some bones and antlers.

Moose leg bone
Moose leg bone
Summit canister with moose antler
Summit canister with moose antler
Bill and Diane at the summit
Bill and Diane at the summit

We reached the summit at 2 PM after 5.5 hours of hiking and bushwhacking so we didn’t spend much time there as we wanted to get out before dark. We managed to find a better route back to the low spot between South Baldface and Sable so it didn’t take as long as it did on the way up.

South Baldface
South Baldface

We were easily able to follow our way back through the birch glades and ferns because of the ferns we had trampled on the way up.

Wooded summit of Sable
Wooded summit of Sable

Noticed some plants with fall berries that I hadn’t seen on the way up.

Blue Bead Lily and Bunchberry
Blue Bead Lily and Bunchberry
Hobble Bush berries
Hobble Bush berries

We got back to the parking lot at 7 PM which was a half hour before sunset, it was a long day. Only 24 peaks left to complete the New Hampshire 100 Highest.

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