Hiked Stub and North Stub on 11/6/16 with Bill Schor and Bill Cronin. Weather was kind of iffy on the drive up with some rain and snow showers but by the time we got to the trailhead it was just cloudy and eventually cleared up. We drove quite a few miles on private gravel logging roads to get to the height of land between Stub and North Stub. Both hikes were pretty easy and took a little over an hour round trip.
We hiked Stub first and went up the herd path then to an old skidder path and eventually threw nice open woods to the summit. This was one of the easiest hikes to a trailess summit I’ve had.
On the way down we took a detour over to Stub Hill Pond. There was lots of evidence of moose but we didn’t see one.
When we got back to the car the view had cleared up.
We ate our PBJs in the car and then started the short hike up to North Stub. It was a little steeper and some thick stuff but we quickly made our way to the summit.
We made our way back to the car and headed out to spend the night in Colebrook. Only 11 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 100 Highest. North Stub is on the New Hampshire 200 Highest list. Only 71 peaks left to finish that list.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hiked Mt. Muise on 10/25/16 with Bill and Diane Schor. It was a cloudy day with a few snow showers and temps in the high 20s and low 30s. Muise is located off Nash Stream Road north of the town of Stark. We were able to drive about a mile further on the road than we anticipated as the gate was open. That made the hike about 2 miles shorter than we planned. We still had to walk about a mile along Nash Stream Road and then a short distance on the Cohos trail before we started our bushwhack.
Once we started the bushwhack it was pretty open forest, there was one short section where it was sort of thick spruce and steep and one short section of really awful thick spruce. For the most part though it was a really nice bushwhack.
We reached the summit about 11:15 but didn’t linger very long. There weren’t any views and it was cold and windy so all we did was sign the register and head back down.
It was nice having snow on the ground as we didn’t have to follow a compass bearing to return, just follow our tracks. We ate our PBJs in the warm car on the way home. Only 14 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 100 Highest.
Hiked Middle and South Hitchcock on 10/19/2016 with Bill Schor and Bill Cronin. It was a bright sunny day with temps in the 50s and low 60s, kind of warm for a bushwhack. We started out on the Discovery trail off the Kancamaugus Highway and then followed an old logging road until its end where we started the bushwhack.
We slowly went uphill toward the summit of South Hitchcock and then it got quite steep for a short distance and then we came out in a flat area to the west of the summit.
We turned east to find the summit slightly uphill from where we entered the flat area. We signed in at the canister and had a snack before heading over to Middle Hitchcock.
There were a few blowdowns on the way over to Middle Hitchcock but it was basically an easy hike. We reached the summit and signed in and ate our PBJs.
We left the summit heading west before dropping down to avoid a cliff area. In retrospect we should have returned to the low spot between Middle and South and gone down the same way we came up. We spent 5 hours coming down and doing lots of ups and downs that could have been avoided if we had returned the same way we came up. There was some nice foliage on the way down.
We got to the parking lot later than planned but it was still a good day. Only 15 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 100 Highest.
Hiked East Kennebago on 10/14/2016 with Bill and Diane Schor. The weather was quite cool in the morning (34) with a few clouds but it cleared up very nicely. We were on the trail before 8 as Diane needed to get home to bake a Whoopee Pie cake. Again we followed almost 5 miles of pretty rough logging roads to get to the start of the hike.
We followed an ATV trail for about a mile before turning on to a herd path for the half mile climb to the summit. The path was steep in a few places but not too bad and far better than having to bushwhack through the fairly thick woods.
It was moose hunting season so Bill had some orange on, Diane and I had forgotten our orange colors. We reached the summit after only an hour and 20 minutes of hiking.
This was Bills final summit for completing the New England 100 Highest peaks, congratulations to him. I only need 20 more peaks to finish the New England 100 Highest. We ate our PBJs in the car on the long drive home.
Hiked Snow (Chain of Ponds) on 10/13/2016 with Bill and Diane Schor. This is another peak in far northern Maine near the Canadian border. We drove up in the morning so didn’t get started hiking until 10:45. The weather was good with showers predicted in late afternoon. We followed logging roads for about 5 miles to get to the start of the hike.
We followed logging roads for quite a while with specific directions on where to turn. Fortunately it has been dry for quite a while as there looked to be the potential for a lot of mud in quite a few places.
The herd path to the summit was in very good shape and probably better than some of the maintained trails in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We ate our PBJs here since we had gotten a late start.
We reached the summit pretty quickly and were surprised by the amount of artifacts on the summit.
The land is owned by the Penobscot Indian tribe and I assume they are responsible for any maintenance that needs to be done. We made our way back to the car and drove to Stratton where we were spending the night. The showers held off until after we were at the motel. Only 21 peaks left to finish the New England 100 Highest. Bill only needs 1.
Hiked Snow (Cupsuptic) on 10/7/2016 with Bill Schor. It was another perfect day for hiking. There are 2 peaks in Maine called Snow that are on the list one is Cupsuptic and the other is Chain of Lakes. We started right from our campsite on a logging road that we followed for a while and eventually to a herd path that took us directly to the top.
It took us a little over an hour to reach the summit and it was very pleasant walk. We signed in at the canister and then turned around and walked back down.
We ate our PBJs on the long drive home. Only 22 peaks left to finish the New England 100 Highest. Bill only has 2 left which we hope to do next week.
Hiked Boundary Peak, Whitecap and North Kennebago on 10/6/2016 with Bill Schor and Per Frost. It was a perfect hiking day with bright blue skies, cool temps and a little bit of a breeze. These 3 peaks are in northern Maine very near the US Canada border. Boundary Peak is on the border and requires walking along the border but no passport is needed as long as you don’t stray too far into Canada. We drove up the day before and after navigating 17 miles of dirt logging roads set up camp at the trailhead for Snow (Cupsuptic) which was Fridays hike. We spent a somewhat chilly night in the tent and got up at 6:20 AM to get an early start for the long hike.
We had to drive 8 miles on more logging roads to get to the start of our hike. There are a surprising number of roads and you really have to do some prehike planning to figure out how to get to where you need to be.
We wore hunter orange vests as it was moose hunting season in Canada and the border seems to be a very popular place for hunting. We followed an ATV trail from the logging road up to the border and then turned north and followed the border for 5 miles to Boundary Peak. The border is cleared and not hard to walk on but there was a lot of elevation gain and loss before we got to the peak that counted.
There were many tree stands that the hunters wait in while hoping to get a moose. They also put out large salt licks to attract them, doesn’t really seem fair. There weren’t any tree stands on the US side of the border.
There were many good views along the boundary and the foliage was at peak color.
We reached the peak after 2.5 hours of hiking along the boundary with many steps in Canada as the trail wound around the cleared area.
From Boundary Peak we walked back 3 miles to the start of the bushwhack over to Whitecap. We ate our PBJs at the start of the bushwhack which was about a mile long.
It took us about an hour to get there and wasn’t a very difficult walk.
We thought there was herd path from Whitecap over to North Kennebago but we couldn’t find it so it turned into about a 1.5 mile bushwhack down Whitecap and up North Kennebago. It took us about 1.5 hours since there was some thick spruce areas.
We then bushwhacked back to the car and drove back to our campsite where Bill grilled up some sausage and hamburgers which we ate in the cold.
We cleaned everything up and went to bed at 7 PM since it was cold and dark. Only 23 peaks left to finish the New England 100 Highest.
Hiked Mt. Deception on 9/30/2016 with Bill and Diane Schor. It was another nice day with cool temps to start. We parked at campsite number 7 on Cherry Mountain Road and started the bushwhack to West Deception. It doesn’t count on the list but it has good views and is only a half mile from the true summit. The route was pretty easy at first with lots of mushrooms.
When walking through ferns you have to be careful where you put your feet as the holes, stumps and logs are hidden. Just before we got to the summit of West it got pretty steep and was slow going. We made it to the summit and were rewarded with some views that were partially blocked by some young trees. I ate my PBJ here.
We left the summit of West and made our way pretty easily to the true summit. The summit is pretty flat and it took us a few minutes to find the canister. We signed in and looked at the map to figure out a way down.
Leaving the summit we had to make our way through a lot of closely spaced trees and then we encountered a 20 foot cliff that we were able to zig zag down.
After the cliff it was an easy walk back to the car. Only 17 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 100 Highest.
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.
Then we took an unmaintained trail over towards Black Mountain. At .6 miles on this trail we started the bushwhack to West Scar Ridge.
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.
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.
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 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.