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Smarts Mountain

Smarts Mountain adventure for today. I was not about to let another nice weekend pass by and I really needed to get out there. Only 2 hours from home up 91 through Vermont to Lyme New Hampshire. The trail head is on a dirt section of Dorchester Rd. I'm following the Lambert Ridge Trail (Or the Appalachian Trail). The parking area is full mud and water but once you get on trail, it's pretty dry and the best part is that there is no snow! I'm in my capris, T-shirt, trail runners, and gaiters. Feeling OK but anxious to see what today will show me. My pack is full of my weeks worth of provisions and this is the first hike with the full pack to see how I can handle it. 




After you climb out of the parking area, the trail levels out walking through some nice hard woods. The leaves are really piled up and slick but as you begin climbing again, you get a mix of rocks and roots to balance things out. The breeze today feels really good as well and probably cuts the temp down a littl…

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 …

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&#…