Franconia Ridge

Franconia Ridge

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Up and Down Cannon via Kinsman Ridge Trail


Summits: Cannon Mountain
Trail route: Kinsman Ridge Trail
Trail conditions: Mostly dry ground with just a few areas of running water and mud
Weather: Cool morning temps quickly warming up with full sunshine and lots of blue sky
Total miles: 4.2
Total time:  3:15

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Tripyramids in June


Summits: North Tripyramid (4,180'), Middle Tripyramid  (4,140')
Trail route: Pine Bend Brook Trail
Trail conditions: Mostly dry ground with some areas of mud, short sections of monorail and ice on the north side of North Tripyramid
Weather: Cool morning temps, cloudy with some sprinkles, partial sunshine and warm on descent
Total miles: 9.6
Total time:  6:30 hours

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Loop Hike Over Jefferson Washington and Monroe


Summits: Mount Jefferson (5,716'), Mount Washington (6,288'), Mount Monroe (5,372')
Trail route: Jewel Trail, Boundary Line Trail, Jefferson Notch Road, Caps Ridge Trail, Gulfside Trail, Crawford Path, Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Base Road
Trail conditions: Mostly dry ground but with avariety of mud, wet, unstable monorail and deep soft snow along the way
Weather: Cool morning temps warming up with sunshine to cool gray overcast once past the wilderness boundary then back to sunshine and warm temps on the way out
Total miles: 12.7
Total time:  11 hours

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Mount Isolation Attempt


Summits: Mount Isolation (4,003')
Trail route: Rocky Branch Trail
Trail conditions: Bare, dry ground to mud, very wet with unstable monorail and deep soft snow
Weather: Cool morning temps warming up with early sunshine to cool gray overcast once past the wilderness boundary then back to sunshine and warm temps on the way out
Total miles: 8
Total time:  6:25

Saturday, May 11, 2019

May on Moriah


Summits: Mount Moriah (4,049')
Trail route: Carter-Moriah Trail
Trail conditions: Bare ground, wet, mud, firm monorail and unstable monorail with deep snow off the side of the monorail
Weather: Cool morning temps warming up in the afternoon, light rain showers to snow flurries, cloudy to partly cloudy with late sunshine
Total miles: 9
Total time:  6:45

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Meandering Monorails to Liberty and Flume


Summits: Mount Liberty (4,459'), Mount Flume (4,328')
Trail route: Basin Bushwhack, Liberty Spring Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail
Trail conditions: Bare ground, wet, mud, firm monorail and unconsolidated monorail with deep snow off the side of the monorail
Weather: Cool to Warm temps, cloudy to partly cloudy with a good dose of sunshine
Total miles: 8.8
Total time:  8:30

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Winter in April on Mount Washington


Summits: Mount Washington (6,288')
Trail route: Up and down beside the cog railway
Trail conditions: Several inches of fresh soft snow with mud and water at lower elevations
Weather: Overcast sky with low cloud cover at Marshfield Station and in the clouds at the summit with howling wind and subzero windchill
Total miles: 6
Total time:  6:30

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Spring Conditions Across the Carters


Summit: Middle Carter (4,670'), South Carter (4,430')
Trail route: Dodge Camp cut-off, Imp Trail, North Carter Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Trail conditions: Solid trail with loose unconsolidated snow and don't step off the trail
Weather: Cool, comfortable temps, partly sunny to cloudy with some brief light rain showers
Total miles: 10.7
Total time:  7:30

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Deep Snow on the Hancocks


Summit: Hancock (4,420'), South Hancock (4,319')
Trail route: Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loop
Trail conditions: Solid trail with some loose unconsolidated snow and don't step off the trail
Weather: Cool, comfortable temps, cloudy to partly sunny
Total miles: 10
Total time:  5:45

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Wednesday on the Wildcats


Summit: Wildcat D (4,062'), Wildcat A (4,422')
Trail route: Polecat Ski Trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail, Nineteen Mile Brook Trail
Trail conditions: Groomed ski trail, loosely packed soft snow across the ridge, solid to soft snow on 19MBT  
Weather: Cool, comfortable temps, sunshine and a cloudless deep blue sky
Total miles: 9.2
Total time:  7:15

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Whiteface But Not Passaconaway


Summit: Mount Whiteface (4,020')
Trail route: Blueberry Ledge Trail, Rollins Trail, Dicey's Mill Trail
Trail conditions: A couple inches of fresh snow to over a foot plus of unbroken snow at higher elevations
Weather: Cold temps to start and wind at higher elevations to warm afternoon temps
Total miles: 10
Total time:  7:52

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Lafayette and Lincoln to Complete the Winter 48


Summit: Mount Lafayette (5,260'), Mount Lincoln (5,089')
Trail route: Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Falling Waters Trail
Trail conditions: Soft packed snow to unconsolidated snow
Weather: Cold temps and windy, frigid windchills across the ridge
Total miles: 8.8
Total time: 6:45

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A Hike to Zealand for Winter #46


Summit: Zealand Mountain (4,260')
Trail route: Zealand Road, Zealand Trail, Twinway
Trail conditions: Soft packed snow to unconsolidated snow 
Weather: Cold temps to start then warming into the 30's, sunshine early with afternoon thin cloud cover
Total miles: 18.8
Total time: 9:45

Saturday, March 9, 2019

A Perfect Winter Hike to Mount Moosilauke


Summit: Mount Moosilauke (4,802')
Trail route: Ravine Lodge Road, Gorge Brook Trail, Carriage Road, Snapper Trail
Trail conditions: Ravine Lodge Road is plowed but gate is closed, hard packed trail and loose packed trail, wind blown above treeline with some rock exposure at summit
Weather: Cold with some wind below treeline to a steady wind at the summit, clear blue cloudless sky with lots of sunshine
Total miles: 10.5
Total time: 6:44

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Winter Hike to Owl's Head for W45


Summit: Owl's Head (4,025')
Trail route: Lincoln Woods Trail, Black Pond Trail, Black Pond Bushwhack, Lincoln Brook Trail, Brutus Bushwhack
Trail conditions: packed firm snow and packed loose snow
Weather: Cloudy to partly sunny with snow flurries and temps in the 20's
Total miles: ~16.6
Total time: 9:40

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Mount Jefferson on a Beautiful Winter Day


Summit: Mount Jefferson (5,712')
Trail route: Up beside the Cog Railway, Gulfside Trail and back down Jewel Trail
Trail conditions: Up beside the Cog was loose snow, packed snow, crust and ice while the Gulfside Trail included loose snow, thin cover exposed rocks, crust and ice then very loose and sections of deep snow on the Jewel Trail
Weather: Cold and no wind below treeline to a cold biting wind above treeline with sunshine, blue sky and wispy high clouds
Total miles: 9.3
Total time: 7:54

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Winter Hike to Mount Garfield


Summits: Mount Garfield (4,500')
Trail route: Crawford Path
Trail conditions: Hard packed and soft packed trail with an unbroken section to the summit
Weather: High, thin cloud cover and cold temps
Total miles: 12.4 RT
Total time:  6:25

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Epic Winter Hike to Mount Eisenhower


Summits: Mount Pierce (4,310'), Mount Eisenhower (4,780')
Trail route: Crawford Path
Trail conditions: Hard packed and soft packed trail
Weather: Clear sky and sunshine with cold temps, calm wind, slight wind below the summit and no wind on the summit of Mount Eisenhower
Total miles: 9.5
Total time:  6:34

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Cold and Windy on Cannon Mountain


Summit: Cannon Mountain (4,100')
Trail route: Kinsman Ridge Trail
Trail conditions: Hard packed, frozen, solid trail
Weather: Clear sky and sunshine with cold temps, calm wind to start and steady, frigid wind at the summit
Total miles: 4.2 RT
Total time:  2:49

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Back to WTF for February


Summits: Willey (4,285'), Tom (4,051'), Field (4,340')
Trail route: Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail
Trail conditions: Packed trails with a couple inches of fresh overnight snow
Weather: Cold temps, calm wind, cloudy with snow
Total miles: 10
Total time:  7:25

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Cold and Windy On WTF


Summits: Willey (4,285'), Tom (4,051'), Field (4,340')
Trail route: Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range Trail
Trail conditions: Packed trails to Mount Field then blown in snow and drifting to Mount Willey
Weather: Cold temps, wind, cloudy with snow flurries to steady light snow
Total miles: 10
Total time:  6:04

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Cold Across the Carters


Summits: South Carter (4,430'), Middle Carter (4,610')
Trail route: Nineteen Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail, North Carter Trail, Imp Trail, Herd Path to Dodge Camp, Road walk back to parking lot
Trail conditions: Well packed Nineteen Mile Brook Trail then loose, soft snow from the Carter Dome Trail onward
Weather: Cold temps, high overcast sky
Total miles: 10.8
Total time:  7:30

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Gridding Out Jackson


Summit: Mount Jackson
Trail route: Webster-Jackson Trail and Jackson Branch
Trail conditions: Well packed trail to the summit from snowshoes, chewed up trail on the way down from groups in microspikes coming up but no postholing
Weather: Frigid temps, bright blue sky and sunshine
Total miles: 5.2 RT
Total time:  3:34

Saturday, January 5, 2019

First Hike of 2019 to Mount Jefferson


Summit: Mount Jefferson (5,712')
Trail route: Jewel Trail, Gulfside Trail, Mt. Jefferson Loop
Trail conditions: There was loose, unconsolidated snow on the lower section of the Jewel Trail with mostly hard pack above treeline and occasional ice and rocks
Weather: Cool temps, calm to light winds, high cloud cover
Total miles: 11
Total time: 8:45