Franconia Ridge

Franconia Ridge

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday Morning Hike to Mount Pierce


Another very cold morning but not nearly as frigid as last Sunday. I would be doing a solo hike to Mount Pierce (4,310') via the Crawford Path. After warm temps and rain over the last couple of days I was wondering what the trail conditions would be like. Water crossings would not be a problem as there are none but was hoping the trail would be frozen solid to avoid postholing.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Hiking When Hale Freezes Over


There's been a long spell of frigid weather and today would be no exception. Saturday was even colder with a howling wind. It was a good bet that there would be very few trails that had been broken out from the recent snowstorm. I would be hiking to Mount Hale today with fellow hikers Jill, Mark, Jim, Amy D, Amy L and Robin. Our route to the summit would be via the gated Zealand Road to Hale Brook Trail. The road walk makes a 4.4 mile hike into a 9.8 mile hike.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Zero Degree Buttsled Ride From Hermit Lake


Locked in a cold spell I was finding it difficult to motivate myself to get out and hike a 4,000 footer in this frigid weather. I finally decided to do a short hike up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail and buttsled down the Sherburne Ski Trail. I knew the trail would be well packed and I would not be out in the cold temps for an extended period of time. This was supposed to be the "warm" day of the long holiday weekend.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Day Hike to Carter Dome


My hike today would take me up to the summit of Carter Dome (4,832') after some recent snowfall and mixed precipitation. This was the one day break between storms. The route to the summit would take me up Nineteen Mile Brook Trail to Carter Dome Trail and finally the Carter-Moriah Trail. Fellow hikers Jill, Amy and Jim were getting an earlier start so I would be trying to catch up to them at some point during the hike.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

A Cold Sunday Morning on Mount Tecumseh


Today would be a long drive for a short hike up Mount Tecumseh (4,003'). This is one of my longest drives to a 4,000 footer. Last Sunday was the shortest drive but a longer hike to Mount Cabot. The weather forecast called for clear skies and cold temps. I wanted to get an early start to beat the Waterville Valley ski crowd to the parking area close to the trailhead. My hiking route would take me up the Mount Tecumseh trail to the summit and back down the same way for a 5-mile round trip hike.