2009 Hiking Log

This year's distance hiked: 203.89 miles (7.28 miles average)
This year's elevation gained: 73140.00 feet (2612.14 feet average)

Dec 27, 2009 : Isolation

Trails:Rocky Branch, Isolation
Distance:9 miles
Elevation gain:2600 feet

Felt bad, turned back before Davis Path jct., fell in river

Dec 19, 2009 : North Kinsman

Major peaks:Bald Peak, North Kinsman
Trails:Mt. Kinsman, Bald Peak Spur, Mt. Kinsman, Kinsman Ridge
Distance:8.4 miles
Elevation gain:3410 feet
People:Lon, Tim

It was -6F in the parking lot and I don’t think it ever got warmer than that, because as it got later in the day, we climbed higher and higher. We did not go to South Kinsman which didn’t matter because this was just before winter anyway.

Dec 13, 2009 : Mt. Pierce

Major peaks:Pierce
Trails:Crawford Path, Webster Cliff, Mitzpah Cutoff
Distance:5.98 miles
Elevation gain:2420 feet

Nov 26, 2009 : Welch and Dickey

Major peaks:Welch, Dickey
Trails:Welch-Dickey Loop
Distance:4.4 miles
Elevation gain:1900 feet

First in a series of Thanksgiving Day hikes. The slabs were very slippery so we spent a lot of time skirting around the edges of them.

Nov 21, 2009 : Chocorua

Major peaks:Chocorua
Trails:Liberty, Brook
Distance:6.7 miles
Elevation gain:2629 feet
People:Linda, Lon

Nov 01, 2009 : Monadnock

Major peaks:Monadnock

Oct 09, 2009 - Oct 10, 2009 : Great Gulf

Trails:Great Gulf, Sphinx, Wamsutta, Chandler Brook, Great Gulf
Distance:15.1 miles
Elevation gain:5858 feet
People:Lon, Tim

We camped at the marked sites just west of the Wamsutta and Six Husbands Trail junction. We intended to be out for three days, but the weather was so nasty that we bailed on the second day. After setting up camp, we went as far up the Sphinx Trail as we could before it got too late. The second day, we went up the Wamsutta trail as far as the auto road (which they were closing), hiked down to Chandler Brook, then back up to our campsite. We packed up and walked out.

Sep 26, 2009 : North Pack Monadnock

Major peaks:North Pack Monadnock
Distance:3.2 miles
Elevation gain:950 feet

Sep 13, 2009 : Mt. Moosilauke

Major peaks:South Moosilauke, Moosilauke
Trails:Moosilauke Carriage Road, South Peak Spur, Gorge Brook, Hurricane
Distance:11.55 miles
Elevation gain:3504 feet

Sep 07, 2009 : Waumbek

Major peaks:Starr King, Waumbek
Trails:Starr King
Distance:7.2 miles
Elevation gain:2917 feet

I finished my first round of the all-season 4000’ers on this hike. It was a very boring summit to end on, and no one was with me so it didn’t feel very special at all.

Aug 16, 2009 : Franconia Ridge Loop

Major peaks:Lafayette, Lincoln, Little Haystack
Trails:Old Bridle Path, Greenleaf, Franconia Ridge, Falling Waters
Distance:8.9 miles
Elevation gain:4154 feet
People:Lon, Tim

Aug 09, 2009 : Mt. Zealand

Major peaks:Zealand
Trails:Zealand, Twinway
Distance:11.36 miles
Elevation gain:2700 feet

Jul 19, 2009 : Mt. Washington

Major peaks:Washington
Trails:Jewell, Gulfside, Crawford Path, Ammonoosuc Ravine
Distance:9.7 miles
Elevation gain:4093 feet

Jul 12, 2009 : Waterville Valley

Trails:Livermore, Big Pines, Livermore, Norway Rapids, Cascade Path
Distance:4.9 miles
Elevation gain:767 feet

Jul 11, 2009 : Galehead

Major peaks:Galehead
Trails:Gale River, Garfield Ridge, Frost
Distance:10.6 miles
Elevation gain:2708 feet

Jul 04, 2009 : Mt. Hale

Major peaks:Hale
Trails:Hale Brook, Lend-a-Hand, Twinway, Zealand
Distance:7.68 miles
Elevation gain:2468 feet

Jun 06, 2009 : Mt. Adams

Major peaks:Abigail Adams, Adams
Trails:Lowe's Path, Spur Trail, Hincks, King Ravine, Lowe's Path
Distance:9.91 miles
Elevation gain:4580 feet

May 16, 2009 : Mt. Madison

Major peaks:Madison
Trails:Great Gulf Link, Great Gulf, Osgood, Star Lake, Parapet, Daniel Webster-Scout
Distance:10.9 miles
Elevation gain:4609 feet

Neither the Parapet nor the Daniel Webster-Scout Trail are recommended for a return trip.

May 03, 2009 : Lonesome Lake

Trails:Pemi, Basin-Cascades, Cascade Brook, Around Lonesome Lake, Lonesome Lake
Distance:5.88 miles
Elevation gain:1337 feet
People:Matt, Heather, Rik

This was supposed to be Sarah’s birthday hiking trip but she was sick and couldn’t go. Everyone else had a great time.

Apr 26, 2009 : Monadnock

Major peaks:Monadnock

Apr 19, 2009 : Mt. Moriah

Major peaks:Surprise, Moriah
Distance:9.04 miles
Elevation gain:3596 feet

The slabs were very slippery and treacherous. The false summits on this trail seem like they just go on and on. Not one of my favorites.

Apr 18, 2009 : Pack Monadnock

Major peaks:Pack Monadnock
Trails:Wapack, Marion Davis
Distance:2.8 miles
Elevation gain:900 feet

Apr 12, 2009 : Monadnock

Major peaks:Monadnock

Mar 28, 2009 : Cannon

Major peaks:Cannon, NE Cannonball
Trails:Lonesome Lake, Kinsman Ridge, Pemi
Distance:7.34 miles
Elevation gain:2604 feet
People:Lon, Tim

The section of the Pemi around Profile Lake is especially nasty. I don’t need to go that way again any time soon.

Mar 15, 2009 : Willey Range

Major peaks:Tom, Field, Willey, Avalon
Trails:Avalon, A-Z, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range, Avalon
Distance:10.15 miles
Elevation gain:3825 feet
People:Jon, Tim

Mar 01, 2009 : Hancocks Loop

Major peaks:North Hancock, South Hancock
Trails:Hancock Notch, Cedar Brook, Hancock Loop
Distance:9.6 miles
Elevation gain:3601 feet
People:Lon, Tim

Feb 15, 2009 : Morgan and Percival

Major peaks:Morgan, Percival
Trails:Mt. Morgan, Crawford-Ridgepole, Mt. Percival, Morse
Distance:5 miles
Elevation gain:1706 feet
People:Linda, Lon, Sarah

Sarah almost hit her head sliding through the boulder cave on the way down.

Feb 01, 2009 : Skookumchuck

Major peaks:North Lafayette
Trails:Skookumchuck, Garfield Ridge
Distance:8.6 miles
Elevation gain:3304 feet

Stopped just after the junction due to wind and waited for Tim.