Eagle Cliff

Hiked Eagle Cliff on 4/27/17 with Bill and Diane Schor and Larry Babcock. Forecast was for mostly cloudy skies which turned out to be true although we did get some brief views on the summit through the lifting clouds. We parked in Franconia Notch at the former Old Man viewing site.

View from the Old Man viewing site

The Greenleaf trail used to start here but it was rerouted to the Tram parking lot some time ago. We followed the old trail up to the existing trail and followed it up to Eagle Pass where there was quite a bit of snow.

Diane on the snowpack
Diane staring up at the cliff we had told her we needed to climb

We made our way through Eagle Pass and then started up to Eagle Cliff. We put our snowshoes on but quickly took them off as we ran out of snow and we were faced with a small cliff that couldn’t be climbed with snowshoes.

Diane making her way up the short cliff

We went a little further and ran into another cliff. I had to pull Diane up part of it as her legs were too short to make some of the steps, she wasn’t a real happy camper but she made it. We found the summit in some pretty thick spruce and signed in.

The summit canister

There was an open ledge near the summit with good views down the notch. Fortunately we saw the view for about a minute as the clouds briefly lifted.

View down the notch

We ate our PBJs and then headed down. We took a slightly different route that was much easier and avoided the cliffs which was a good thing to do. Nobody lost anything on this trip so we didn’t have to stop and look for things. I noticed a tree on the way down that the Pileated Woodpeckers had pretty much destroyed.

Pileated woodpecker holes

Only 47 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest list.

Track for the day
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Bartlett Haystack

Hiked Bartlett Haystack on 4/24/17 with Bill and Diane Schor and Larry Babcock. As I drove through Conway on the way up I caught the local forecast and they said it was going to be a 50 cent day, which is as good as it gets. They were correct, it was a perfect day weather wise. It was less than perfect for hiking conditions. I lost count of how many times we put our snowshoes on and then took them off. We had bare ground and then snow and then more bare ground and a cliff we had to navigate. The usual route for this hike is from the height of land on the Bear Notch Road but it is still closed for the winter. So we took a somewhat longer route that we thought would work fine. We went up the Mt Tremont trail until an old logging road crossed that went in the direction we wanted. Unfortunately there were a lot of small trees growing in it and sections had a stream flowing down it. We eventually just walked in the woods beside the road and it was quite a bit better but still pretty wet.

Logging road we tried to follow
Waterfall along the Mt Tremont trail

At the end of the logging road we had a significant stream to cross but we got across with dry feet.

Bill and Diane at the stream crossing

We then started the fairly steep uphill part of the hike that seemed to go on forever. It didn’t help that Larry and I took a wrong turn and started heading in the wrong direction. We realized that pretty quickly it but slowed us down. Then Bill lost a snowshoe and we had to go back and find it. It was at the bottom of a spruce trap. We were almost over to the summit when I discovered that I had lost my camera. We continued to the summit and hoped we would find it on the way back. Also just before the summit we ran into a 20 foot cliff that didn’t look like we would be able to maneuver around, but we found a way up it that required one more taking off of the snow shoes.

Emerging from the brush after coming up the cliff
Signing the summit register
Lunch on the rocks
View looking toward Mt Washington
View looking to the west

We ate our PBJs on the summit and then headed down hoping to find my camera. We followed our tracks back and fortunately found the camera before we hit bare ground. It would have been difficult to follow our track on bare ground and we could have easily missed the camera. The last stream crossing was difficult and we had to put a log across to balance on to make it with dry feet.

The final stream crossing

We made it back to the cars where Larry discovered that he had left his keys in the drivers side lock the whole time we were gone. He was a little disgusted that nobody had thought it valuable enough to steal. Only 48 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest.

Our track for the day

Mt Rosebrook and Mt Oscar

Climbed Mt Rosebrook and Mt Oscar on 4/20/2017 with Bill and Diane Schor. The weather forecast was for a chance of showers before 9AM and then mostly cloudy with a chance of sun. It never rained but we were in the clouds all day until we were part way down. Almost all of the hike was on the Bretton Woods ski trails. Snowshoes just came along for the ride as we never used them. Bretton Woods was closed for the season so we didn’t have to pay the $21 for using the trails. We ran into the General Manager who was also walking up to check up on a few things. Chatted with him as we walked up for quite a while. He likes to hike remote ponds. We hiked up ski trails directly to the summit of Mt Rosebrook, there weren’t any views and no summit canister.

Snow on the trail but none in the woods
Restaurant looming out of the fog
Bill and Diane on the summit of Rosebrook

We left the summit of Rosebrook and followed a hiking trail maintained by the ski area over to Mt Oscar. There would have been good views there except we were still in the clouds. There was what looked like one of the old Cog Railway cars near the summit that was being used as a shelter and snack shop. Don’t know how they got it there. We ate our PBJs in it.

Snack shop on Mt Oscar

We headed down the ski trail and got our first views of the day over toward the Presidential Range.

View of Presidential Range

Only 49 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest. Mt Oscar isn’t on the 200 list but is on the 300 list.

Our track for the day, ignore the long straight line

Loon Mt and Black Mt

Climbed Loon Mt and Black Mt on 4/17/2017 with Bill and Diane Schor and Larry Babcock. It was cloudy to start but turned into a partly cloudy day with warm temps. The chance of morning showers fortunately didn’t happen. We started at the Loon Mt Ski area parking lot and went up one of the ski trails that was just unrelenting in how steep it was, there weren’t any breaks just up and up until the summit.

View to the northeast from the ski trail
Bill and Diane on their way up
Looking to the north to Franconia Ridge

We reached the summit of Loon with a lot of sweating. There wasn’t a sign or canister at the summit which is a short distance from the top of the chairlift. We had a snack and then followed the unofficial trail used by skiers and hikers that goes over to Black Mt. It follows the ridgeline and is easy to follow and even has a few views.

View to the slides on West Scar which is a NH 100 Highest peak

The ski trail heads down before the summit of Black so we bushwhacked up to the summit where there aren’t any views.

Old summit sign on Black
Summit canister on Black
Me, Larry and Diane on the summit

We ate our PBJs on the summit and then bushwhacked down to the ski area. We didn’t want to climb back up to the summit of Loon and then have to go down the steep ski trail. Only 50 Peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest.

Our track for the day

I forgot to turn the GPS on in the parking lot so this is the track from Loon to Black and then back to the parking lot.

East Huntington

Hiked East Huntington on 4/14/17 with Bill and Diane Schor and Larry Babcock. It was another perfect day with bright blue skies, temps in the 30s and 40s and no wind. We parked on the Kanc about a mile or so from the hairpin turn and started the bushwhack from their. It went up steeply at first and the snow was quite hard with the below freezing temps. There was an opening that allowed us to look over and see the cliffs on West Huntington where we had been on our last hike. Looking at it, it was a good thing nobody fell as it was a long way straight down.

West Huntington cliffs from start of East Huntington bushwhack

We whacked up to a ridge line and followed that for a while through decent woods and then started on a line to the summit of East. There was some steepness and some thick spruce but it was manageable. We then got to the ridgeline that went to the summit which was very nice open woods except for the last 200 or so feet. That was steep, rocky and almost impenetrable spruce, it was very tough going. We made it to the summit which was open and had some nearby views.

Bill and Diane on the summit
Old summit sign that won’t last much longer
Selfie that Larry took
The view from East Huntington, Carrigain is the tallest peak

We ate our PBJs and some bars the Diane brought. We took a different route off the summit to avoid the nasty stuff and that worked much better. We followed our tracks along the ridge for a while and then stayed on the ridge as it was better walking than heading down. We turned off the ridge and headed down to where we had started. Only 52 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest.

East Huntington Track

West Huntington

Hiked West Huntington on 4/9/2017 with Bill and Diane Schor and Larry Babcock. It was a beautiful clear day with temps in the low 30s to start but was almost 60 by the end of the hike. I hadn’t hiked in almost a month as we took an extended camping trip down south to visit National Parks, Seashores, Monuments and Historic Sites. A lot of walking but no hills. We parked at the hairpin turn on the Kanc and followed the Hancock Notch trail for about 3 tenths mile and then started the bushwhack.

Sign at the start, you’ve seen this in a previous post

We used snowshoes the whole hike but never sank in more than 3 or 4 inches. We never ran into anything really steep or thick but did have some fresh snow falling off the trees and down our necks. Larry being the tallest suffered the most. There were a couple of places on the way up where the trees thinned a bit and we had some views.

Moosilaukee through the trees

We reached the summit and had our PBJs even though it was only 10:45, we were hungry.

Me on the summit
Larry and I looking at something

On the way down we found a place with great views off to the west that we had missed on the way up.

Hitchcocks in the front and Franconia Ridge in the background
Franconia Ridge
The Osceolas

We continued a little further down and Larry thought there would be some views off to the east if we wandered over that way. So off we went about a 100 yards and sure enough right at the top of some massive cliffs there were some really good views.

The Kanc and Chorcorua way in the background, don’t look down it was probably a 500 foot drop

We continued down and got 1 more unusual view of Lafayette.

Lafayette peaking above a ridge

Made it back to the parking lot and drove up the Kanc a little bit to check out parking for our next hike to East Huntington. Only 53 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest.