Franconia Ridge

Franconia Ridge

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Tom and Field on a Spring Day

Hiking on Saturday had to be postponed as I was not feeling well. I felt better this morning and planned on doing the short hike to Mount Tom (4,051'). I would decide on continuing on to Mount Field (4,340') if I felt well enough and the weather and trail conditions were good. I figured the trails should be well broke out from hiker traffic on Saturday but I would have to see once I got up there.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hiking Up Into Spring On Mount Jackson

After a weekend of frigid windchills and reading trail reports of deep snow and summit attempts I decided to postpone my hiking. A check of the forecast on Monday indicated beautiful weather for Tuesday with lots of sunshine and tolerable temps. My hike today would take me up the Webster-Jackson Trail to the Mt Jackson Branch and onto the summit of Mount Jackson (4,052'). Trail reports indicated this was well broke out. With today being the vernal equinox I would be hiking up in Winter and descending in Spring. I have already hiked this summit in Winter but needed it for March.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Hike to Tecumseh After the Snowstorm

It was two days after the latest Nor'easter and I was looking for a short hike to a popular summit that had a good chance of being broke out. I decided that would probably be Mount Tecumseh (4,003'). I would take the Tecumseh Trail that starts at Waterville Valley ski area, the usual winter route. This is a short hike but a long drive for me, about two hours. I also needed to leave early enough to beat the ski traffic into Waterville Valley. The weather forecast called for snow showers throughout the day.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Beautiful Winter Day Hike to Mount Isolation

With the official winter hiking season coming to an end this month I wanted to hike another summit that I need for my winter 48 4,000 footers. I would be hiking to the remote summit of Mount Isolation (4,003') with Jill and Larry. Just before leaving the house I checked the weather. The forecast called for clouds and temps in the 30's with possible flurries later in the day. Our route would take us up the Rocky Branch Trail to the Engine Hill bushwhack over to Isolation Trail and onto the Davis Path with a short spur path to the summit of Mount Isolation.