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Pitcher Mountain, Stoddard New Hampshire

Welcome to the Holiday Season 2017... Here we go again. Christmas party last night and waking up this morning to see -20's windchill up north kept me local today (after I went back to be for a few hours). Pitcher Mountain is about a half hour away from my home in Southern New Hampshire so, there was no rush this morning. 
The parking area is plowed and packed down. Easy for my Ford Focus to get in and out of. It was a cool 20* when Isis and I started out on the Monadnock Sunapee Greenway trail. Starting up from the parking lot we go left on the wide snow covered path and climb near several pastures. The snow is choppy on the multi purpose trail (Ski, snowshoe, and boots). I put my microspikes on to help a little. 

The trail bends to the left and continues to climb a short distance as the summit tower comes into view. The wind picked up a little as Isis and I circle the summit and check out the views today. Crystal clear from the top. The sun does feel a little warmer on my face b…

Mount Watatic

First measurable snow of the season in the Monadnock Region fell on Saturday. All in all, under 6 inches at my home but enough to make me want to wait for the roads to clear before heading back to the AT in Lee Massachusetts. Then I was going to hike up Monadnock but, there are no dogs allowed and Isis wanted to go. So, Watitic it is. 
At first I was not sure if I could get in the parking area and if I could, could I get out with the snow cover? Lucky when I got there, there were only 2 other cars and one was leaving. It's a free lot but the park does require dogs to be leashed. The sad thing is that not many follow it. Isis is very comfortable on a leash so, she is all set. 

The trail is a bit choppy and that will be consistent all the way up, with the exception of where it gets blown in from the wind. The beaver pond is overflowing and open under the boardwalks to begin with from the parking area. Temps are cold and I have a full set of base layers, mid layer top, standard hiki…

Main Road Tyringha MA to Goose Pond, Lee MA.

I know, I had said that I was holding off on the AT until I had longer days again. The problem is that there's probably no place else I'd rather hike these days. So, I'm back to Tyringham Massachusetts and Main Rd, to hike back out to Goose Pond and the old fireplace. That's where I left off and if today was successful, I'd be caught up to the Mass Pike in terms of the AT. 
Isis and I arrived at the trailhead on Main Road a little before 9am and had about 6.7 miles to hike out to the fireplace. I set a turn around time for myself at 1pm. Once you cross the road to head north, the woods are pretty dense and after a short time, you climb steadily to a plateau. Lots of leaves on this section, making it slick. The temps are cool this morning but not terribly cold and the sun has barely made an appearance. But this is a great day for a walk. 

After ascending and descending little Baldy Mountain, I came to Webster Rd and saw one car. I presumed it belonged to one of the …