Friday, August 16, 2019

B group hikes Hedgehog, Aug 15th

Today was a beautiful hike up Hedgehog.  The signs mislead us to follow the xc country ski trails way too long.  A few doubters tried to convince the other half of the group, but we all came to the realization of the mistake soon enough.  Thankfully the great views compensated for the mis guidance.  It was a wonderful hike with varied terrain.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

"A" Hike August 14/15 Lafayette & Lincoln

On Wednesday, three of the “A” hikers climbed Lafayette, Lincoln, and Little Haystack. It was a
beautiful day with temps in the 70’s and a light breeze and low humidity. We ascended Lafayette first and then traversed over the Franconia Ridge Trail to Lincoln and Little Haystack and then descended Falling Waters Trail that went by some beautiful waterfalls.

The views were jaw dropping throughout the hike and especially on Franconia Ridge. There was a lot
of traffic throughout the hike, but, because everyone was very friendly, it did not detract from the hike.

Because Franconia Ridge is on the AT we came across many through hikers. We chatted with one
couple who started the hike back in April and they had another 400 or so miles left. They did not look like they had been hiking for 4 months. They did say that the White Mountains have been the most difficult so far in their trek.

It was a great day for all. We are so lucky to have all these many mountains in our backyard to play in.

Several of the OTHH did the Lafayette/Lincoln/Little Haystack loop on the Franconia Ridge, on a great weather day. Evidently many others thought so, too, as there were a great many on the trail and summits. Below are Dick, Ginger, and Pamela atop Lincoln.

Well down the Falling Waters trail, there are several very nice waterfalls, like the one shown below.

Larry and Doug hiked the same route on Thursday August 15. The weather and views were great. You can see so much of the Whites while hiking along the ridge. We noted: Starr King, Waumbek, Adams, Jefferson, Clay, Washington, Monroe, most of the southern Presidentials but the clouds were casting shadows on the peaks so it was difficult to pick them out, Field, Willey, Kearsarge North, the Twins, Galehead, Guyot, West Bond, Bond, Bondcliff, Owl's Head, Carrigain, Garfield, Liberty, Flume, Cannon, the Kinsmans, Moosilauke, the Osceolas, Tecumseh, the Tripyramids, Passaconaway and Chocorua. As usual, we could see Killington, Pico, Camel's Hump and Mansfield in Vermont.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

August 12 Cannon

Pam and Doug hiked the Kinsman Ridge Trail up Cannon on Monday. The trail starts near the base of the tram and goes up the face to the left of the tram. The trail heads toward the east shoulder of Cannon which provides some nice views into the valley. The trail also weaves in and out of the Kinsman Glade ski trail.

From the summit of Cannon, the views include Moosilauke, the two Kinsmans, Waumbek, Garfield, all of the Franconia Ridge, the two Osceolas. The Franconia Ridge blocks the view to the east.

Below are Pam and Doug at the summit and on the shoulder.

Monday, August 12, 2019

40th Year Celebration at HOBBS Tavern


Turtles hike Black Cap, Aug 6th

Here’s an informal picture of us at the top of Black Cap on August 6th. 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

"A" Hike August 5 Owl's Head

Five of the A group (Doug, Larry, Pamela, Dick, and Frank) made the long 7 or 8 mile trek into the Pemigewasset Wilderness, then a very steep mile up the steep rock slide and "trail" through the trees on the west side of Owls Head, and finally a few tenths of a mile north along the ridge to the true summit. Below are pics of Dick at the small summit cairn and of the east side of the Franconia Ridge a thousand feet higher, a view the tourists can't see at all. Then it was back down that treacherous slide. The long trek back to the cars was relatively easy walking compared to that slide.

Below are Pam and Doug at the impressive Owl's Head summit cairn.

Below is Doug descending from the summit.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Turtles hike Little Sugarloaf

It was a great hike with views of Newfound Land on July 30th.