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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