Franconia Ridge

Franconia Ridge

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Wintry Day on the Willey Range Trail


The past few days have been frigid here in the mountains but today was supposed to be a bit milder although still cold. The forecast was calling for temps in the 20's and cloudy skies slowly clearing over the course of the day. I would be hiking the Willey Range today with fellow hikers Larry, Jill, Jim and Amy. Our summits would include Mount Tom (4,051'), Mount Field (4,340'), Mount Willey (4,285') and Mount Avalon (3,442') with three of these being on the 4,000 footer list.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Hiking to Waumbek After the Storm


A strong storm that passed through New England early in the week caused widespread flooding, downed trees and power outages. I was anxious to get out there and get a first-hand look at some of the storm damage. I decided to check out the Starr King Trail to Mount Waumbek. This is a short hike and a short drive for me. I had also read a trail report that stated it was passable but with many blowdowns.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Jackson and Webster on a Beautiful Fall Day


Saturday was looking like the pick day for the best weather this weekend. I would be joining Christina, Eric and Jill for a hike to Mount Jackson (4,052') and Mount Webster (3,910'). Although Webster is not a 4,000 footer it makes a nice loop when hiking Jackson. We would do the usual loop of in on the Webster-Jackson Trail and up the Jackson Branch to the summit of Mount Jackson then across the Webster Cliff Trail to Mount Webster and down the Webster Branch to the Webster-Jackson Trail to complete the loop then a hike out to Route 302.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Monroe and Washington and Clay and Jefferson


I postponed my hike one day due to not feeling well. The forecast was calling for spectacular weather all weekend and I was hoping that Sunday was going to be as beautiful as Saturday for my hike. Today I would be solo hiking Mount Monroe (5,372'), Mount Washington (6,288'), Mount Clay (5,533') and Mount Jefferson (5,712'). Mount Clay is the only summit that does not meet the requirements to be counted as an official 4,000 footer. I needed the others for the month of October.

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.