Franconia Ridge

Franconia Ridge

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Day Hike

What better way to start the New Year than with a hike in the beautiful White Mountains on a gorgeous winter day. We set out for Pinkham Notch to hike across the Old Jackson Road up to Lowe's Bald Spot. The temperature was just cool enough to keep from working up a big sweat but not frigid.

Brand and I hit the trail and soon found that microspikes were going to be an essential part of this hike. There was minimal snow cover but plenty of ice. So through the woods we went toward the Mount Washington Auto Road. We were completely alone and had the trail to ourselves all the way over to the Auto Road. Soon we popped out onto the road and walked the short distance to the trail for Lowe's Bald Spot. There was 2 or 3 inches of snow on the road, seems very unusual for this time of year. There were a couple of road workers' trucks in the parking lot but no one was around.

Getting back onto the trail we discovered there was no letup of ice. We proceeded to the ledges and climbed up onto Lowe's Bald Spot. The day was bright and clear with great views. After a quick snack and photos we started back down.

The return trip was just as nice and we met only two other hikers on the trail back to the Pinkham Notch parking lot. It was a great day for a walk in the woods and the first hike of the year!

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