North Hitchcock

Hiked North Hitchcock on 3/6/2017 with Bill and Diane Schor. It was another perfect day with bright blue skies and no wind. It was a little chilly to start, 8 degrees, but it warmed up into the high 30s by the end of the day. This was the last of the 5 Hitchcocks that we needed for our various lists, it was good to be done¬†with them. We parked at Lincoln Woods and hiked about 1.4 miles along the Pemi East Side trail before we started the bushwhack to North Hitchcock. We had very nice open woods for the first 3/4 mile and then a short section of thick spruce and some short cliffs that weren’t hard to get around. Unfortunately Diane’s jacket fell off her pack and we had to backtrack to find it. There wasn’t much snow on the ground and it was difficult to follow our tracks back but we did find her jacket which had her phone in it. We continued on through nice open woods and then came to the steep pitch up to the ridgeline. That slowed us down a bit but we got to the ridgeline where it flattened out and was open woods for a while but then we hit a patch of really thick spruce. We finally popped out of that to the site of a helicopter landing pad and a Forest Service radio repeater site.

Helicopter landing and radio site

We continued on to the summit which was only 200 feet further where we signed in to the register. The last visitors to sign in were in October of last year and before that in February of last year.

North Hitchcock summit canister

We went back to the radio site and sat in the warm sun and ate our PBJs and admired the views.

Lincoln and Lafayette from North Hitchcock

We followed our track back to the trail with a little difficulty as the warm sun had melted our steps in a few places but we managed. Only 54 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest.

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West Hitchcock

Hiked West Hitchcock on 3/3/2017 with Bill and Diane Schor. It was a perfect day with bright blue skies, temps in the low 20s and no wind. The snow conditions were also perfect. There had been some rain earlier in the week and then everything froze. Their was a nice thick crust that we didn’t break through so the snowshoes just came along for the ride. We parked at Lincoln Woods and then did a short road walk to Fire Road 420 where we started the hike.

Start of Fire Road 420
Start of Fire Road 420

We followed the road for about 3/4 mile and then took off through open woods headed for elevation 2400 feet. We did encounter a few views on the way up which was nice since we seem to have spent a lot of time in the woods lately with no views.

Big Coolidge which we climbed 2 weeks ago
Big Coolidge which we climbed 2 weeks ago
Lafayette on Franconia Ridge
Lafayette on Franconia Ridge
Garfield peeking out behind Owls Head
Garfield peeking out behind Owls Head

When we got to 2400 feet we turned slightly left and followed the ridgeline up to the summit and again through mostly open woods. We reached the summit and signed in to the register. Last person to visit the summit was back in October 2016, not many visitors.

Summit canister
Summit canister
Bill and Diane approaching the summit
Bill and Diane approaching the summit

We headed back down a ways until we found a sunny spot and then we ate our PBJs. This was probably the best hike all winter with the perfect weather and snow conditions. Only 55 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest.

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