After 27 ½ Miles and 5 peaks in the rain you get prune feet. Nothing seemed to go according to plans this weekend, but it was still a ton of fun. The forecast said that the rain was going to stop early morning Friday and clear out quickly by noon. Our plan was to Ride our bikes down the Lincoln Woods Trail to the Wilderness Trail lock up the bikes, and hike to Bondcliff, Bond, and West Bond, completing my NH 48 4k summer list (I’ve been trying to separate my complete list into 2 rounds winter/summer the last 2 years). Then we were going to follow Twinway after Guyot and drop into the Slide in Redrock Ravine, and camp by the pond out in the open or under a tarp if needed. This part of the trek was going to be a bushwack because there are no trails to this pond. Saturday we would wake up and follow Redrock Brook down to Franconia Brook and trail, and hike out and be home by noon. Right? Wrong! Friday afternoon came and it was still pouring, visibility was low, and every rock was slick as ice. When we got to the campsites at Guyot the shelter was empty, and the thought of a dry night was more temptation than we could resist. It continued to pour all night long and was still raining when we left at 6am Saturday. Mt Guyot was nice I had never been there before. In the past I had accessed this ridge from both sides but never had traversed over this peak that’s not on “the list”. When we got to the area on Twinway where we were supposed to begin our bushwack we searched the trail for ¼ mile in each direction hoping to find a herd path. No luck. The spuce was thick and we were just getting too soaked trying to buch wack the 350ft to the top of the rock slide. At this point we were both thinking descending the slide might not be the safest anyways considering how slick everything was from all the rain this year, every rock had a layer of green slime on it. It would be a tough rescue if something went wrong, and I don’t have $25K lying around.
Back to the drawing board. The pemi loop? We still had plenty of time to complete it Saturday. But with wet feet, and our spare socks already spent, we knew our feet probably would have been destroyed after Franconia Ridge. A more reasonable loop was the wilderness loop. We followed Twinway to South twin. Next stop Galehead Hut where they had just finished breakfast, and still had 2 pancakes, 3 strips of bacon, and a bowl of canned peaches left over. Unexpected carbs tasted soooo gooood!
We then bagged the summit on Galehead before descending Twin Brook trail down to 13 Falls tent site. This was a trail and area I had never been yet. It’s really isolated out there.
It was neat to think about how busy this area was when they were clear cutting it. In fact I learned that the name of the camp isn’t because there are actually 13 waterfalls, but it was logging camp #13 back in the day. And talking to a woman I learned there is a small community of people who are really into bushwacking around the pemi wilderness and finding all of the old logging camp locations, and looking for old relics. That sounds like it would be fun, kind of like the cave search.
At 13 Falls we saw the sun for the first time. We just chilled out there for a bit enjoyed the falls and waded around in the water. We then started the long and flat journey down the Franconia Brook trail back to our bikes, when we crossed Redrock Brook. I noticed there was a herd path in the area going upstream, next time I’ll start here and try to hike up to the pond. Continuing down the Franconia Brook trail we went through lots of beaver ponds which were super buggy, and muddy to walk through, but pretty. This one pond had a ton of Cedar Waxwings flying around it.
At 3pm we were finally back at our bikes, and it was about 80 degrees near Franconia falls. We took a quick swim, hopped on our bikes and went as fast as we could through all the people walking to Franconia Falls from Lincoln Woods. It was nice to not have to walk this last section of trail.
Leaving the Bikes
West Bond (48) Complete Summer List Done!