Franconia Ridge

Franconia Ridge

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Traverse Hike Over Flume and Liberty

Strong winds were forecast for the high summits today so plans for hiking Mount Jefferson changed to a hike over Mount Flume (4,328') and Mount Liberty (4,459'). I would be hiking today with fellow hikers Brian, Jill, Melanie and Mark. The plan was to spot a vehicle at the Whitehouse trailhead and start our hike from Lincoln Woods. Our route would take us on the Lincoln Woods Trail to the Osseo Trail over Mount Flume and Mount Liberty on the Franconia Ridge Trail then descend on the Liberty Springs Trail to the bike path and finally the Whitehouse Trail to the parking lot on Route 3.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Perfect Winter Hike to Monroe and Washington

The weather forecast was shaping up to be spectacular on the high summits with the possible exception of strong winds. I would be joining a group of hikers, John, Henry, Mark and Jill for a hike to Mount Monroe and Mount Washington. This would be Jill's #46 and #47 winter 4,000 foot summits with one more to go to complete the 48. The plan was to hike up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to Mount Monroe, assess the weather situation, and if winds were to strong either go back down or over to Mount Eisenhower and down. If conditions were favorable we would continue on to Mount Washington via the Crawford Path and down the Jewell Trail.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Hiking and Sledding on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail

I had Monday off for President's Day. After being hunkered down all weekend due to frigid outdoor temps I was anxious to get out. I thought this would be a good day for some sledding. The plan was to hike up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to the caretaker cabin (HoJo's) at Hermit Lake and sled down the Sherburne Ski Trail. This is probably one of my shortest hiking blog posts but it was a quick ascent and an even faster descent.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Pierce and Jackson and Ice!

A warm week with rain followed by freezing temps had me wondering what the trail conditions would be. There had to be a lot of ice out there on the trails. I was invited to join hikers Christine, Scott, Lisa and Jill on a hike to Mount Pierce (4,310') with the possibilty of adding Eisenhower (4,780') or Jackson (4,052'). The initial plan was to hike Mount Isolation which would be Christine's 47th summit on the 48 4,000 footer list. Not knowing what the river crossing would be like 5 miles into the hike the decision was made for an alternate hike to Pierce.