Trip Reports

Waterfall Wanderings – Davis Brook and Beyond…. 06/09/2012

  • June 9, 2012
Waterfall Wanderings – Davis Brook and Beyond…. 06/09/2012

(What lies far upstream on Davis Brook in Crawford Notch? Keep reading below to find out….) It may be of little interest to most folks, but I've always been intrigued by the quantity of White Mountain features that appear in old guide books, old maps, and old publications... some dating back into the 1800s. Features that, for some reason, are no longer mentioned in today’s guides, no longer marked on modern maps. Have we become so jaded over the years so that we no longer marvel at the cascade that used to attract tourists and locals alike? When a trail becomes overgrown and fades...

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Lafayette the Hard Way – 08/23/2011

  • August 23, 2011
Lafayette the Hard Way – 08/23/2011

For a long time now, I’ve always wanted to explore the ravine of Lafayette Brook, which runs straight up the western face of this great peak. I’ve been up the ravine a mile or so to visit several cliffs, as well as explored the ridges on both sides, but I’ve never continued further up the brook to the mountain itself. On Tuesday, our small group of slightly nutty bushwhackers decided that today was the day. The plan was to head up the ravine as far as we could, with escape plans made to double back to Eagle Pass if things became too steep. This was to be an exploration, and not a photographic...

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A Journey To Redrock Pond (08/18/2010)

  • August 18, 2010
A Journey To Redrock Pond (08/18/2010)

I’ve long been intrigued by a small tarn named Bear Pond, or Redrock Pond to others, nestled in a small glacial cirque in the middle of the Pemi Wilderness. It is about as remote a place as you can get in the Pemi, being almost ten miles from any trailhead, and with some of those miles off-trail. I first saw this little gem of a place several years ago from the top of West Bond. So, with our destination in mind, my faithful hiking dog Kirby and I started down the Lincoln Woods trail at 10 AM on a sunny Tuesday. We were armed with a map, compass, and an old copy of a popular hiking book...

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Holden out for Noble – a Waterfall Story 07/23/2010

  • July 23, 2010
Holden out for Noble – a Waterfall Story 07/23/2010

Most folks here may not be interested in a tale of old rocks and the water that runs over them, but a few weeks after the event I finally had some time so I thought I’d throw it out there for the few that might get a chuckle or two. I’ve always had a fascination for waterfalls as well as for local history, so when I ran across a reference in Bolnick’s book of the two “lost” waterfalls Holden and Noble somewhere above Bridal Veil Falls, I was intrigued. The source of this information was an old book by Sarah Welch - A History Of Franconia New Hampshire. When I managed to obtain a copy...

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Percy Peaks Loop – 09/20/2009

  • September 20, 2009
Percy Peaks Loop – 09/20/2009

Sunday was a perfect day for a drive up north to check out the foliage progress. Not too warm and not too cold with almost perfect blue skies. Roaming around Milan and Stark, I didn't see much yet for fall colors. Still another week or so to go. So, at about 1 PM I headed up Nash Stream Road to check out the Percys for the first time. Several miles up the dirt road, I reached the trailhead and parked. Digging through my bag of maps, I could only find one small Cohos Trail map showing a rough outline of the Percy Trail system. This kind of thing makes you really appreciate the well-documented...

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Southeast Moriah 3540 Bushwhack – 09/10/2009

  • September 10, 2009
Southeast Moriah 3540 Bushwhack – 09/10/2009

While I know some folks have no interest in bushwhacking to a remote, unnamed peak in the wilderness, I am hoping that there are a few who can appreciate a few chuckles from an obscure off-trail adventure. Earlier this year, in April, my hiking buddy Mark and I were traversing the Carter range. Stopping for a bite to eat on the ledges of North Carter, I noticed in the distance in the Wild River Wilderness a prominent peak along a ridge and wondered what mountain it was. Taking a few photos, I promptly forgot about it, enjoying the magical wintery landscape. It was months later while speaking...

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Hawthorne Falls Success – 09/02/2009

  • September 2, 2009
Hawthorne Falls Success – 09/02/2009

After having failed to reach the legendary Hawthorne Falls last week, I was itching to go back and get the job done. So, after a meeting on Tuesday ended earlier than expected, I was able to race home and change, arriving at the Gale River trailhead by 4:30. With only a few hours of daylight left, I was practically running up the trail with my small "whack-pack" and tripod in hand... got some strange looks from a few heavily-laden hikers! Hit the first river crossing and a few minutes later veered off-trail and back across the river, picking up the well-trodden herd path and following it for a little...

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Flat Top Mountain via Hawthorne Falls Slide 08/26/2009

  • August 26, 2009
Flat Top Mountain via Hawthorne Falls Slide 08/26/2009

Beech Slapped and Hobbled - the failed second Galehead attempt and the Wrong Falls Adventure! What a fine Tuesday! Unfortunately, circumstances occurred early in the morning that put a damper on my original plans in the Wild River valley, so at the late hour of 1 PM I was finally free and searching for something to take up a short afternoon. I finally settled tentatively on Galehead, since it is nearly in my backyard, and despite several visits to Galehead hut, I have never actually climbed the Frost trail to the summit. I have some crazy aversion to actually completing the 48 list..... Ten...

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Rainy Days, Waterfalls, Fire and Brimstone – July 2, 2009

  • July 2, 2009
Rainy Days, Waterfalls, Fire and Brimstone – July 2, 2009

With the rain (and work!) at a steady constant over the last week, I decided to use the few hours of daylight I had left at the end of each day to catch a waterfall or two! There are an amazing number of short trips one can take around these parts, and being someone who is usually attacking a multi-mile trek, it is good to ease back and enjoy the smaller things every now and then. (Left out of this report is one failed attempt to reach Dryad Falls before dark. Note of caution to Dryad seekers - Mill Brook Road is personally NOT recommended for cars with a low bottom. Do yourself a favor and walk...

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A Quick Bushwhack to Lafayette Brook Falls – 06/27/2009

  • June 27, 2009
A Quick Bushwhack to Lafayette Brook Falls – 06/27/2009

What to do with 3 hours of daylight left after a long slog at work on a cloudy day? A quick bushwhack excursion to an obscure waterfall seemed to fit the bill, so I found myself at the Franconia Bike Path around 7:30 PM with a few supplies, flashlight, camera, and tripod. The trip up to the falls begins on an old path that is easy to follow, beginning off the side of the bike path just north of where the brook passes under the old bridge by the Gallen Circle. The path goes along the side of the embankment at an easy grade, descending towards the brook. There is even an old, mossy AMC-style log bridge...

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Half-Nelson and Alpine Garden to Boott – 06/16/2009

  • June 16, 2009
Half-Nelson and Alpine Garden to Boott – 06/16/2009

I love how beautiful it is hiking after a long period of rain! The air crackles with the new sun reacting to the rainwater on the forest canopy – you can smell the heat and water in the air. It is the type of atmosphere that is hard to describe, but magical and impossible to forget. On Tuesday, Mark and I finally had the opportunity to check out the Alpine Garden in season. The day started crisp and fresh 9AM at the Pinkham Notch Lodge with the clouds still present but the sun breaking out. After checking the trail condition posters, we headed out for a nice loop via the Boott Spur and Nelson...

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Winter Returns… The Skookumchuck Adventure 03/31/2009

  • March 31, 2009
Winter Returns… The Skookumchuck Adventure 03/31/2009

After two straight days of rain, Tuesday was going to be sunny and “the pick of the week” according to the state weather forecast. Even WMO predicted in the clear under partly cloudy skies. The rain had done its damage to the wintery landscape of several weeks past… nothing but mud, dirt, and more dirt on the carcasses of muddy rotting snowbanks along the roads of Bethlehem. So, the plan was to go “up” to find a more scenic landscape! After two days of rain and near-freezing nights, I hoped to encounter some great icy art in the alpine zone. I called my buddy Mark and soon we settled...

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A Beautiful Winter Day on Clay 03/17/09

  • March 17, 2009
A Beautiful Winter Day on Clay 03/17/09

What a great way to end another winter season! After looking longingly out the windows from work all weekend long, Tuesday arrived and it was my turn. I was having some computer issues in the morning which took a bit of time to correct (I hate computers sometimes!), but finally I was on the road with my gear packed and parking at Marshfield Station around 11:30. My plan was to head up Mount Clay via the Jewell trail for some photos of the Great Gulf. Clay gets a bit of a raw deal due to it’s insufficient col, leaving it off the “official” 4000-footer list. But, it’s unique view of Washington...

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Chocorua via Champney, 02/03/09

  • February 3, 2009
Chocorua via Champney, 02/03/09

Blessed with the prospect of somewhat decent weather for Tuesday, unlike the snowstorm that had been predicted days earlier, Mark and I made some quick last-minute plans for a snowshoe stroll. I suggested Champney Falls and so, after getting the blessing from the early MWO report, which proposed clear peaks under overcast skies, we found ourselves at the trailhead on the Kanc around 10. This is one route up Chocorua that I hadn't been on before, as it is usually a bit crowded in the summer and I enjoy climbing the mountain from the more secluded eastern side. Indeed, the past weekend must have...

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Eagle Cliff Bushwhack – 08/27/2008

  • August 27, 2008
Eagle Cliff Bushwhack – 08/27/2008

Good weather was on the forecast for Tuesday, and with my son coming up to visit, it was decided that a really interesting hike was in order!After throwing around a few ideas, I suggested the Eagle Cliff ridge as a bushwhack. My son had never gone off-trail before and didn’t realize how crazy his dad was, so he agreed. Little did he know! I gave him a list of supplies, including long shirts and pants, which was met with some hesitation, but the trip was a go. I had done this trip last year with a friend (who has sworn off bushwhacks ever since because of it) so I had an idea of what to expect.I...

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