Gore and Blue

Hiked Gore and Blue on 10/30/16 with Bill Schor. Weather was cloudy with a occaisonal shower with temps in the high 30s to low 40s. We drove in on old logging roads until we came to a gate for the entrance into the Vicky Bunnell Preserve which is owned by The Nature Conservancy. The Preserve is about 10,000 acres and abuts other conserved land.

Vicky Bunnell Preserve
Vicky Bunnell Preserve

We walked more than a mile along the old logging road until we came to an area of beaver dams and I actually saw a beaver, first one in a very long time. The dams weren’t very tall and the ponds behind them weren’t very big and were quite shallow. Maybe they just used them to get to food as I didn’t see any lodges.

Beaver dam with a few fresh sticks
Beaver dam with a few fresh sticks
Beaver
Beaver

After crossing over the beaver dams we continued up the logging road with snow gradually getting deeper but not a problem. We found evidence of recent bear activity with some pretty large foot prints.

Bear footprint
Bear footprint

We followed the logging road as far as we could but eventually had to go into the woods and bushwhack up to the summit of Gore. It wasn’t bad except the snow made it slippery and hard to tell what you were putting your feet into. It took us almost 3 hours but we made it to the viewless summit and signed in to the register and had our PBJs.

Gore summit cannister
Gore summit canister
6 to 8 inches of snow on Gore
6 to 8 inches of snow on Gore

We left the summit and started the trek over to Blue. We ran into some thick patches and some really bad patches of blowdowns that we tried to avoid but finally had to make our through them. There was lots of signs of moose activity with many tracks and large piles of poop.

Moose bedroom and bathroom
Moose bedroom and bathroom

About a half mile from the summit we started following a moose path that went in the general direction we were going and it took us right to the summit. Saved us a lot of time and effort of crashing through the blowdowns.

Me on the summit of Blue
Me on the summit of Blue

We had another PBJ and then headed down to the logging road we had come up. We hoped to avoid the beaver area and we succeeded in doing that. We saw some more moose activity but not as much as between Gore and Blue.

Moose antler rubbing
Moose antler rubbing

After reaching the logging road we quickly made our way back to the car and fortunately made it back before dark. Only 12 more peaks to go to finish the New Hampshire 100 Highest.

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