Lowell and Anderson

Hiked Lowell and Anderson on 9/4/2016 with Bill Schor and Bill Cronin. The weather was perfect, started out around fifty and warmed up to maybe 70 with clear skies. This was probably the hardest bushwhack I’ve done to date although it started out easy. We started up the Signal Ridge trail and then turned off onto an old logging road which we followed for a short distance. Then we started the real bushwhack through some nice open forest. It slowly got steeper and the spruce got thicker and thicker. It took us an hour and a half to hike the last .6 miles.

Cliffs on Lowell from Signal Ridge on a previous hike
Cliffs on Lowell from Signal Ridge on a previous hike

We hiked up the long ridge that extends to the right from the summit.

Bill S coming through the spruce
Bill S coming through the spruce
Summit canister and moose antler on Lowell
Summit canister and moose antler on Lowell

The previous entry in the summit log was from February, not too many visitors to this peak. We ate our PBJs on Lowell and figured out the route to get over to Anderson. We left the summit and came to an open spot with great views in many directions.

The Bills admiring the view
The Bills admiring the view
Signal Ridge, Carrigain and Vose Spur
Signal Ridge, Carrigain and Vose Spur
Washington off in the distance on the right
Washington off in the distance on the right

It took us 3 hours to go the mile between Lowell and Anderson. It was very steep and thick going down Lowell and even worse going up Anderson. At times I felt like I was hanging on by fingernails. But we made it to the summit although the name and elevation were missing from the canister. The most recent visitor here was also back in February.

Summit canister on Anderson
Summit canister on Anderson
Bill C signing us in on Anderson
Bill C signing us in on Anderson

We bushwhacked down to the Carrigain Notch trail avoiding the cliffs but not the thick spruce.

Cliffs on Anderson from Carrigain Notch trail
Cliffs on Anderson from Carrigain Notch trail

We got back to the parking lot 11.5 hours after we started. It was a long tough day but there only 22 peaks left to complete the New Hampshire 100 highest.

GPS track of our hike courtesy of Bill Schor
GPS track of our hike courtesy of Bill Schor
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