Short Hikes on My Long Weekend.

Emily and I spent a long weekend with her family up in the North Conway area.  On Sunday my niece Jewlz and my brother in-law Jake and I took a short  ½ mile each way hike up to Diana’s Bath.  I hadn’t been up there for a while and forgot how pretty it was.

It was a pretty place to be but we didn’t hang out long because the mosquitoes were pretty brutal.

On Monday Jake and I took a hike up to see the snow in Tuckerman Ravine.  I didn’t have any gear with me, but I wish I did so I could have made a few turns. This would just be a hike to Tux.

On the way up we stopped to check out Crystal Cascade

From Hermit Lake you could see snow in Tux

After a little rest we continued up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail (Jake Hiking)

Then we got to the snow!

As much time as I’ve spent up here over the years I’ve never gone up under the snow. It wasn’t “The Snow Arch” but I went up under the snow and shot a little vid under the snow:

 

I have to admit I was pretty sketched out crawling around underneath the snow pack, but it was one of the neatest places I have ever been.

Cannon and Kinsmans 6/18/11

Saturday I met up with Clif and Lee at the Lafayette Place Campground Parking area and we hiked 12 miles and bagged N.  Kinsman, S. Kinsman, the Cannon Balls and Cannon.  I havent been on this ridge since 2007.  This is the third time I’ve hiked all these peaks and was only able to redline one new trail, but this area is always a nice place to be.
When we first started hiking it was pouring so we put our rain gear on, but it soon after stopped and for the rest of the day the fog and humidity slowly burned off, so that by the end of the day  views were nice. The trails we took were Lonesome Lake Trail, Fishin Jimmy Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail, and Hi-Cannon Trail
Hiking:
 


On such a hot and humid day it was neat to see some ice under a rock on the side of the trail

Summits:
N Kinsman

From the lookout:

S Kinsman

Cannon (from the tower on the summit)

Cannon’s summit was not as busy as usual, so we headed over to the tram station and got a couple of Cannon Ales from the Bar.  They were nice and cold and hit the spot. We then descended from cannon back to Lafayette Place via the Hi-Cannon trail this was the only section of the hike that was new to me.  I found a nice cliff to do my favorite trick on:

The Hi-Cannon trail was actually a pretty tough descent with steep grades, loose gravel, slick roots and lots of switchbacks.  One spot had a pretty sketchy deteriorated ladder you had to down climb. Near the bottom we missed the link on the trail that reconnects you to the lonesome lake trail and after starting to ascend again we realized the mistake and decided to bushwhack south using my GPS, since it showed we were only about 300 feet away from the lonesome lake trail instead of back tracking to find the link.  As we got back on the Lonesome Lake Trail for the final descent it the weather got bad again and it started raining and thunder drew close.  We were on the same section of trail we had last seen rain that day.  It was as if this was the only place it had ever rained all day.  Clif and Lee and I went separate ways when we got back to our cars.  They went home and I headed north to meet my wife and her family at Attitash where we would spend the weekend.

Our GPS Tracks

Monadnock 5/31/11

Monday is usually my favorite day of a long holiday weekend to go hiking because usually most of the crowds have started to head home by then.  My theory held true for a hike up Monadnock  on Memorial Day.   I had been planning to do some solo red lining of trails I needed in the whites on Monday because Emily had to work, but after having Alyssa and Sam over for Dinner on Sunday night I found they wanted to go for a hike also.  So we choose to do Monadnock because it’s closer to home. 
When we got to Jaffrey Monday morning you could not even see the Mountain because it was so foggy. The weather was in the 80’s and super humid.  I had choose for us to take the White Arrow trail because I like this side of the mountain better.   The hike up to the half way house site was pretty buggy and I was glad that Alyssa had brought bug spray.  The fog had started to burn off by this point but the summit was still in the clouds.
Halfway House Site.
Normally you can see the mountain in front of you from here

Moses Rock

The hike up the White Arrow below tree line was super wet and slick, but when we got to tree line the air started to feel drier, the rocks started to be drier, and the view started to clear up.  The views from up high were great, a little hazy but great.

Alyssa and Sam

Summit Jump Shot

My favorite trick near the summit.

This Lady sat with me for lunch, she was cute.

Pano Shots from the Summit:


In spite of the humidity it was a beautiful day for a hike. I love this time of year here because everything is so green it looks like its glowing in the right sunlight.  The right sunlight apparently is sunlight that is filtered through a humid atmosphere like it was on monday.