Mt Howe

Climbed Mt Howe on 8/16/2017 with Bill and Diane Schor and Larry Babcock. Weather was forecast to be cloudy in the morning and then clear in the afternoon and that is exactly what happened. Mt Howe is located off the Shelburne trail near Shelburne Moriah mountain. It is reached by a dirt road off Rt 2 in Shelburne almost to the Maine border. We hiked 4 miles on the Shelburne trail to reach the start of the bushwhack. Trail was a combination of old logging road and then a not much used trail. It had rained overnight so we got pretty wet walking through tall grass and overhanging bushes. The bushwhack was short and pretty easy, we even found the remains of an old trail that went to the summit. There was a jar hanging on a tree on the summit and Larry replaced it with a small canister he happened to have with him.

Some of many mushrooms growing along the trail
Evidence of an old trail to the summit
Trying to figure out what we were looking at in the distance
Looking at Chandler and Black
Shelburne Moriah
Diane signing us in to the register
Larry attaching the new canister
The four of us on the summit

After eating our PBJs we headed back to the trail and to the parking lot. Only 23 more peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest list.

Our track for the day

Mt Kent

Hiked Mt Kent on 8/10/2017 with Bill Schor, Bill Cronin and Larry Babcock. Weather was forecast to be nice with a chance of showers which fortunately didn’t happen. We drove about 3 miles back along East Inlet Road from Boundary Pond and then followed a side road for half a mile and started the bushwhack. The bushwhack was only a half mile through really nice open woods except for the first 200 feet. What a relief to have such a nice hike to end the day.

Brushy start to the bushwhack
The four of us on the summit

We quickly made our way back to the cars and started the 5 hour drive home. An hour of that was the slow drive on the dirt road. Only 24 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest list.

Our track

Snag Pond Peak and Mt D’Urban

Hiked Snag Pond Peak and Mt D’Urban on 8/10/2017 with Bill Schor, Bill Cronin and Larry Babcock. Weather was forecast to be nice with a chance of showers which luckily didn’t happen. Both peaks are located right on the US/Canada border in way northern Pittsburg, NH. We drove 13 miles on dirt East Inlet Road and then a short distance on Boundary Pond Road to start the hike. We walked a short distance to the pond and then started a short bushwhack up to the boundary swath.

Boundary Pond
Dam on Boundary Pond

We crossed over the dam and started the short bushwhack to the swath on the other side.

Looking south from Boundary Pond

There were lots of what looked to be abandoned moose stands along the swath.

Abandoned moose stand

We followed the swath for about 1.5 miles south to get to the summit of Snag Pond Peak. It’s pretty easy hiking the swath as ATVs use it so there is a bit of a trail and they keep brush cut. The canister is right on the edge of the swath so it is easy to find.

Larry making his way along the swath
Border marker
Summit canister

There was a little prefab cabin at the summit that had 2 bunks in it and lights and a heater. Pretty fancy accommodations for the middle of nowhere.

Prefab cabin on the summit

We then returned along the swath to the swampy end of Boundary Pond and kept going to the summit of D’Urban. There was one quite steep portion that the ATVs couldn’t navigate and it was very brushy. We found a way around it on the way back by making a slight detour into Canada which you can see on our track at the end of the post.

Looking towards D’Urban
Bill making his way up the steep brushy part
D’Urban summit canister
Looking into Canada from near the summit

We made our way back to the pond and cars and headed off to our second hike of the day. Only 25 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest list.

Our track for the day

Mt Kelsey

Hiked Mt Kelsey on 8/9/2017 with Bill Schor, Bill Cronin and Larry Babcock. This was our second hike of the day with a forecast of chance of afternoon showers but they didn’t happen. Mt Kelsey is located in the Dixville Notch area of New Hampshire off Railroad Spur which is located off West Branch road. It was a pretty steep bushwhack through some occasional thick spruce. The summit was very disappointing as it is a wind turbine farm. They bulldozed the summit to flatten it out so there isn’t really a summit and no summit canister. It is, however, still on the list so we completed it.

The four of us on the summit
Barren summit area
Turbine blades
View towards Dixville and its wind farm
Our track for the day

Only 27 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest list.

South Baldhead Mountain

Hiked South Baldhead Mountain on 8/9/2017 with Bill Schor, Bill Cronin and Larry Babcock. Weather was forecast to be a nice day with a chance of afternoon showers, we were done by noon so not a problem although we did have another hike scheduled. South Baldhead is located a few miles south of Dixville Peak in the Dixville Notch area of New Hampshire. We drove West Branch Road, which is located off Rt 26, to a signed ATV trail to South Baldhead Shelter. We followed the ATV trail for about 3/4 mile and then turned onto the Cohos trail and followed that to the shelter. The summit of South Baldhead is a short bushwhack behind the shelter and was easy to find.

Sign at the start of the hike
View from the shelter
The Bills and Larry at the summit
Our track for the hike

Only 28 more peaks to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest list.

East Stairs

Hiked East Stairs on 8/2/2017 with Bill Schor and Larry Babcock. Weather was forecast to be clear and warm with a chance of showers or thunderstorms after 3PM. We got back to the cars at about 2:45 and heard some rumbles of thunder but it never rained. East Stairs is in the Presidential Range – Dry River Wilderness. We got there by driving to the end of Sawyer River Road and then hiking 2 miles on the Rocky Branch trail and about 3/4 mile on the Stairs Col trail before starting the bushwhack to East Stairs. Low water in all the streams.

Low water in the Rocky Branch

The bushwhack started off fairly steeply through open woods and then somewhat thicker spruce but not real bad. We then came to a cliff that was really tall and steep. Larry tried to climb up it but couldn’t get any traction so we worked our way to the edge of it and went up through the woods. There were good views from the top of it.

Working through the brush with blowdowns underneath
Larry trying to climb the cliff

We still had a short distance to go to get to the summit and it was some really thick nasty spruce. We finally found the summit after searching for a while through the thick stuff.

The three of us on the summit

We decided to go back to the cliff top for lunch and admire the views while eating. We found a better way to get there that didn’t go through the thick stuff.

Attitash Ski area and North Moat mountain
Bill and Larry having some potato chips with their lunch

We headed back to the Stairs Col trail and came across an area with lots of dead birch trees, must have been a big wind.

Birch graveyard

Only 29 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest list.

Our track for the day

Greens Cliff

Hiked Greens Cliff on 7/29/2017 with Bill and Diane Schor and Larry Babcock. Weather was predicted to be clear with a slight chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. We were done with the hike at 1:30 so no problem with a thunderstorm. We drove to the end of Sawyer River Road off Rt 302 in Crawford Notch. We followed the logging road past Sawyer Pond trail and then past Sawyer River trail. We followed the road for about another 1/4 mile and then set off through the woods to the summit. There were many logging roads in the area and we were able to follow one that was headed in the general direction of the summit. It eventually petered out and we made our way to the summit on a pretty uneventful bushwhack. We had read that there were two summits with bottles and we were able to find both of them. One had a bracket for a canister so it may be the official summit but we signed in on both of them.

Summit #1 with a bottle
Summit #2 with a bottle and canister bracket
The four of us on summit #1

There were good views from summit #1.

Chocorua on the right side
Passaconaway in the background and Potash in the foreground
Larry admiring the view and eating
Indian Pipe on the summit

We ate our PBJs and pretty much followed the same route back to the parking lot. We took a slight detour to explore a logging road which took us back to where we had entered the woods. Only 30 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest list.

Interesting roots
Our track for the day