Scar Ridge East, West and Middle

Hiked Scar Ridge on 9/26/2016 with Bill Schor. Included were the three peaks which were West, Middle and East. All three are on the New Hampshire 100 Highest and West is on the New England 100 Highest. The weather was perfect, bright and sunny with the temp at 34 degrees at the start. We started by hiking a very steep ski trail on Loon Mountain where there were good views and the only views of the day.

Bill on the steep portion of the ski trail
Bill on the steep portion of the ski trail
Looking towards Franconia Ridge
Looking towards Franconia Ridge
Mt. Washington from ski trail
Mt. Washington from ski trail

Then we took an unmaintained trail over towards Black Mountain. At .6 miles on this trail we started the bushwhack to West Scar Ridge.

Start of bushwhack up West Scar
Start of bushwhack up West Scar

We were able to follow a path of sorts up to the summit, losing it every now and then but then finding it. We finally got to the summit and ate half a PBJ and a cookie.

Summit of of West Scar
Summit of West Scar

The hike over to Middle was a pretty steep down and then a pretty steep up with some thick sections of spruce and a few blowdowns to make things interesting. No views from the top. Ate a full PBJ on the summit.

Bill on the summit of Middle
Bill on the summit of Middle

The hike over to East was horrendous with very thick spruce and many blowdowns. At times we were 2-3 feet off the ground on blowdowns trying to force our way through unforgiving spruce. Once in the area of the summit it took us 45 minutes to find the canister. It was hard work. Ate 2 cookies at the summit and then took off to find the East Pond trail.

The summit of East
The summit of East

The first bit of hiking down to the trail was pretty bad but eventually became more reasonable. We reached the East Pond trail at about 6:40 PM and we still had 2.5 miles to hike out to the parking lot. We had to put on our headlamps to finish but we made it after hiking for more than 12 hours. Only 18 peaks left for the New Hampshire 100 Highest and 26 for the New England 100 Highest.

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