Franconia Ridge

Franconia Ridge

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Zealand to Lincoln Woods Bonds Traverse


There was a somewhat ominous weather forecast this morning calling for cloudy skies and showers but no indication of any heavy rain. So the big hike was on. I would be joining Amy, Jill, Robin, Larry and Mark for a hike from Zealand parking area to Lincoln Woods. This trek would go over Zealand Mountain (4,260') to Mount Guyot (4,580')then out to West Bond and back to Mount Bond down to Bondcliff and the long trek to Lincoln Woods for a total of 19.7 miles.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Loop Hike to Adams and Madison


The weather forecast was looking good for a midweek hike. I would be joining Jill and Mark for a hike to Mount Adams (5,774') and Mount Madison (5,367"). Our route would take us up the Air Line trail across Durand Ridge and then the boulder hop to the summit of Mount Adams. We would then descend to Madison Hut and up to the summit of Mount Madison on the Osgood Trail. Our descent would take us down the Valley Way trail completing the loop.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Isolation via Rocky Branch


I was up and out the door this morning at zero dark thirty. Today would be a solo hike out and back to Mount Isolation (4,003') on the Rocky Branch Trail, a long hike but relatively easy. A cloudy day and warm temps with afternoon showers was in the forecast. I was hoping the early start would get me back before the showers arrived.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Cloudless Day on Cannon


Good weather was in the forecast with sunshine and warmer temps. The plan for today was to join fellow hikers Jill and Larry for a hike up Cannon Mountain (4,100') via the Kinsman Ridge Trail. This trail was covered in snow the last time I was hiking on it. Today I would get to see what the bare trail looked like. This is the shortest route to the summit but it is a steady climb with lots of rock hopping and a few minor ledge scrambles. This would be Jill's first hike since breaking her toe, a good test to see how her healing toe would hold up during a hike.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hancocks on a Warm Fall Day


There was another warm day in the forecast and I wanted to get an early start to beat the heat. I would be hiking the Hancocks today, both North Peak (4,420') and South Peak (4,319'). It would be my usual route up North and down South. I was tempted to go up the Arrow Slide on Hancock but was under a time constraint so would be saving that for another day.