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Mount Moosilauke

If you're going to hike Moosilauke, make sure it's a perfect day. I waited for this day. Made sure I had plenty of time and went for it. Gorge Brook to Carriage Road to Snapper Trail, a classic loop. The thing about this year is, since they are rebuilding the lodge, the Road is open and you can drive in to a certain point. The road walk is about a mile to the trails. In the morning, it's pretty solid as temps are low. The trail takes you by the Class of 66 Bunk House (Where I stopped to put on spikes) and then down to the bridge. It was around here that I first ran into Neil L and Maggie. Nice to have familiar faces on trail today. I did well with spikes for a little while. After the second bridge, I switched to snowshoes. The trail is choppy and getting soft. 

It was pretty slow going for me on the Gorge Brook trail. Isis and I were passed by a few people but I really didn't care today. I was on a mission. Once I made it to the Last Sure Water sign at 3300Ft, I knew …
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Mount Monadnock

Mount Monadnock via the White Arrow trail today... I parked at the Old Toll Road Trail Head which is about 10 minutes from my house. For those considering this trail head, it will be staffed with a Ranger again for the season starting April 15, 2017. As we all know by now too, there are no dogs allowed at the park. Isis stayed home today and boy was it hard to get out of the house without her. At the trail head, there is plenty of parking and given that people think it's Spring, there's already plenty of people parked at the trail head. I got my boots on and headed out. My pack is packed as if I was going to be on the LT for a week since I need to get use to the weight. You start out with a mile road walk up the old Toll Road. This is mostly up hill until you reach the White Arrow Trail. 

It's here that I put on my spikes and I am glad that I opted for my boots over my trail runners. I have my winter shell at the top of my pack for later. 30mph winds up top today and it&#…

Pitcher Mountain and the Temple Mountain Ledges

Local exploring today... Started out at Temple Mountain State Park in Peterborough NH. I've lived here for 12 years and this is my first visit. Isis and I head up the Bebee trail which is one of the old ski trails from when this was a ski resort. Easy grades to start before it ducks into the woods and heads up. Snow from yesterday is still hanging on the trees and for Spring time, it still feels like Winter. Trails are pitted from boot traffic and the new snow does not amount to much. I'm wearing my spikes to help with the icy spots. 


It was not long before this trail joined up with the Wapack Trail and lead to a cell tower. Isis and I stopped on the ledges to get a few pictures. We continued into the woods for a little while before deciding to head back to the cell tower. I want to do more research on the Wapack trail before I hike any more of it. Isis and I headed back down the Wapack Trail and bushwhacked back to the Beebe trail through some crusty snow with shallow post h…

Mount Waumbek

It's Mount Waumbek, in Jefferson NH. 4006ft and only 7.2miles round trip. Why is today such a fight? I started out from the gas station in town since I wasn't sure if the hiker lot was plowed out from the latest blizzard. Made my way to the trail head up Mt. Starr King Road. There is a large snow pile from the plow right at the start to the trail head. Once at the trail head parking lot, I put on my snowshoes. I was thankful to not have the weight on my pack anymore. Switched Isis to her longer lead so she can run a bit. We started off on a decently packed trail. Looked like someone had dragged a polk behind them to break it out, it was so nice. Climbed past the well and continued with the steady incline, I seemed to slow down. I also felt tired but, I pushed on. I wanted this summit today.


The sun was bright and warm which was helping move the day along. The Mt. Starr King trail remained in great shape through this section too. I was dragging on the inclines but continued to…

Mt. Watatic

Heading up North was not to be this weekend. I also could not leave Isis at home so, Monadnock was out (No dogs allowed)... Watatic was the goal. Given the below zero temps, this was probably a good choice. 1.1 miles up to the summit, makes it a decent hike for both of us. I started on the Wapack Trail off of 119, just over the border in Massachusetts. Time was no worry due to the short duration but I did pack just like every other hike... Full gear, Isis wore her coat due to the temps, and I even tossed in a tuna packet since you just never know. 


The Wapack Trail is decent here. It's well traveled and given the recent melt, even the 2 inches of snow we got was not a factor. It's still cold down here in Southern New Hampshire, still a negative wind chill, so the trail is solid. I bare booted with the intention of using spikes on the way down considering there was some ice on the trail. The elevation is only 1832 Feet but even that low, there are still a few steep sections. I…

Mount Pierce February 2017

Mount Pierce would have to be the goal for today as I slept late and didn't want to hike Waumbek just yet. And this (Pierce) would be my #2 of the 48 (again) for Rheumatoid Arthritis. So, I opted to head up the Crawford Path by the Highland Center off 302 in Crawford Notch. This would be my 10th visit to the summit and the Crawford Path is my standard route. Northern New Hampshire has received a great deal of snow in the past week and my decision to wait until trails were broken out was sound... Short dog and still building strength back. 

The lower section of the Crawford Path is well packed down and easy to travel. The temps this weekend have been warm so, there is a softening factor to the day. I am wearing my Tubbs Flex VRT's primarily for the heel lifts on the steeper sections of trail but really you can wear spikes and be OK with things. Just don't step off the solid trail or you will sink in. Not as many layers on today as it is warmer than usual but my white puffy…

Mount Tecumseh... February 2017

Mount Tecumseh from the Ski area is a decent half day on the trails. Even though it's a quick hike, I still like to get there early. For one thing, it's ski season and getting a spot in Lot 1 by the Mount Tecumseh trail can be a challenge. For another thing, I can get up there and have some summit time before the crowd arrives. I was in luck, arriving around 7:30am, I got my spot in Lot 1. Isis and myself were underway after I quick stop to put on my snowshoes. 

Mount Tecumseh trail is 2.5miles up to the summit. I always section this trail off in my mind: From the start to the ski slope view, Up to the ridge, Ridge to the summit... Down low, the first crossing is open. The trail is well packed and well traveled but I have the snowshoes on for the heel lifts which will come in handy later. Isis is having a great time running up and down the trail and playing in the snow on the sides. The second crossing is bridged and easy. I used my heel lifts for the first time after the cro…