2015 Hiking Log

This year's distance hiked: 357.45 miles (6.50 miles average)
This year's elevation gained: 107800.00 feet (1960.00 feet average)

Dec 20, 2015 : Pack Monadnock and Temple

Major peaks:Pack Monadnock, Temple, Holt
Trails:Wapack, Summit Loop, Spruce Knoll, auto road, Wapack, Beebee
Distance:7.1 miles
Elevation gain:1600 feet

Dec 19, 2015 : Mt. Tecumseh

Major peaks:Tecumseh
Trails:Mount Tecumseh, Sosman, Mount Tecumseh
Distance:5.7 miles
Elevation gain:2435 feet
People:Rik, Sean

Dec 12, 2015 : Sandwich Dome

Major peaks:Sandwich Dome
Trails:Smarts Brook, Sandwich Mountain, Smarts Brook, XC trails
Distance:12.5 miles
Elevation gain:3406 feet

This is a really great area - good looking XC trails at the bottom, giant boulders, very wild trail. The ground isn’t even frozen yet.

Nov 29, 2015 : Pack Monadnock

Major peaks:Pack Monadnock
Trails:Marion Davis, Spruce Knoll, Wapack
Distance:3.2 miles
Elevation gain:1100 feet

Nov 26, 2015 : Gillespie Mountain

Major peaks:Horrid, Cape Lookout, Gillespie
Trails:Long Trail
Distance:6.6 miles
Elevation gain:1800 feet

This makes 50% New England county highpoint completion!

Nov 21, 2015 : Jay and Big Jay

Major peaks:Jay, Big Jay
Trails:Long Trail, herd path, Long Trail
Distance:5.4 miles
Elevation gain:2622 feet
People:Franz, Rik

The trail was very slippery from the first time on Jay onward, especially in the evening.

Nov 15, 2015 : Appalachia Wandering

Major peaks:Lookout Ledge
Trails:Fallsway, Valley Way, Beechwood Way, The Link, Sylvan Way, Howker Ridge, Presidential Rail Trail, Valley Way, Maple Walk, Sylvan Way, Valley Way, Bee Line, Ledge, Vyron D. Lowe, Crescent Ridge, Four Soldiers Path, Pasture Path, Grassy Lane, Pasture Path, Diagonal, Bee Line
Distance:12.65 miles
Elevation gain:2524 feet

This makes 50% redlining completion!

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Nov 07, 2015 : Old Speck

Major peaks:Old Speck
Trails:Old Speck, Eyebrow, Old Speck, Mahoosuc, Old Speck
Distance:7.8 miles
Elevation gain:3205 feet

Nov 05, 2015 : Black Mountain

Major peaks:Black
Trails:Black Mountain, Chippewa
Distance:4.2 miles
Elevation gain:1416 feet

Oct 31, 2015 : Rose Mountain

Major peaks:The Pinnacle, Lyndeborough, Rose
Trails:Helen's, snowmobile paths, bushwhack, snowmobile paths, Helen's
Distance:4.5 miles
Elevation gain:640 feet

SOTA activation of Rose Mountain.

Oct 24, 2015 : Mt. Liberty

Major peaks:Liberty
Trails:Whitehorse, Liberty Springs, Franconia Ridge
Distance:7.86 miles
Elevation gain:3238 feet
People:Chris, Kaitlyn

Oct 17, 2015 : North Uncanoonuc SOTA

Major peaks:North Uncanoonuc
Trails:Class 6 road, Blue, White Dot, Red Dot, Class 6 Road
Distance:1 miles
Elevation gain:474 feet

First SOTA activation.

Oct 15, 2015 : Forest Discovery Trail

Trails:Forest Discovery Trail
Distance:1.55 miles
Elevation gain:268 feet

This would make a nice trail for x-c skiing.

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Oct 15, 2015 : Rail and River Trail

Trails:Rail and River Trail
Distance:0.37 miles
Elevation gain:25 feet

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Oct 15, 2015 : Lovequist Loop

Trails:Lovequist Loop
Distance:1 miles
Elevation gain:189 feet

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Oct 15, 2015 : Five Finger Point

Major peaks:West Rattlesnake
Trails:Undercut, Pasture, East Rattlesnake, Five Finger Point, Pasture, Old Bridle Path
Distance:4.59 miles
Elevation gain:1056 feet

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Oct 11, 2015 : Temple

Major peaks:Temple
Distance:4.58 miles
Elevation gain:1200 feet

Oct 10, 2015 : Sandwich Range

Major peaks:Mount Mexico
Trails:Old Mast Road, Kelley, Lawrence, Cabin, Whitin Brook, Old Paugus, Big Rock Cave, Cabin, Gordon Path
Distance:8.6 miles
Elevation gain:2286 feet

Big Rock is really cool. I found a climbing anchor bolted near the top.

Sep 20, 2015 : Pack Monadnocks

Major peaks:Pack Monadnock, North Pack Monadnock
Trails:Cranberry Mountain Pond, Raymond, Summit Loop, Wapack
Distance:7.3 miles
Elevation gain:1800 feet

After reaching the road, I biked back to my car at the Cranberry Mountain Pond trailhad.

Sep 12, 2015 : East Pond Loop

Trails:East Pond, Little East Pond, East Pond Loop, East Pond
Distance:5 miles
Elevation gain:1000 feet

Nice loop to these ponds. East Pond is better.

Sep 12, 2015 : Peaked Hill Pond

Trails:Peaked Hill Pond
Distance:3.4 miles
Elevation gain:400 feet

The trail isn’t very fun, but the pond is nice. There’s a couple boats stashed at the pond.

Sep 06, 2015 : Guinea Pond

Trails:Guinea Pond, Guinea Pond Spur
Distance:4.2 miles
Elevation gain:300 feet

Sarah’s first hike since having foot problems.

Aug 22, 2015 : Scarface Mountain

Major peaks:Scarface Mountain
Distance:7.6 miles
Elevation gain:1500 feet

Aug 16, 2015 : Mt. Madison

Major peaks:Madison
Trails:Old Jackson Road, Crew Cut, George's Gorge, Old Jackson Road, Lowe's Bald Spot spur, Madison Gulf, Parapet, Star Lake, Osgood, Great Gulf
Distance:13.43 miles
Elevation gain:4654 feet

Right heel started to hurt only a couple miles into the hike. It seems to be tendonitis.

Aug 07, 2015 : The Eaglet

Major peaks:The Eaglet
Distance:1.8 miles
Elevation gain:1070 feet

Climb of the Eaglet via the West Chimney (5.7).

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Aug 02, 2015 : Kinsman Ridge

Major peaks:Wolf, South Kinsman, North Kinsman
Trails:Kinsman Ridge, Kinsman Pond, Cascade Brook, Basin-Cascades
Distance:15.5 miles
Elevation gain:5017 feet

Jul 25, 2015 : Zealand, Bonds, and Twins

Major peaks:Zealand, Guyot, Bond, West Bond, South Twin, North Twin
Trails:Zealand, Twinway, Zeacliff Pond Spur, Twinway, Zealand Mountain Spur, Twinway, Bondcliff, West Bond Spur, Bondcliff, Twinway, North Twin Spur, North Twin
Distance:18.28 miles
Elevation gain:5203 feet
People:Lon, Sharon

Sharon finished the 48 on North Twin. This was originally going to be a backpacking trip, but the Sunday forecast made us change plans.

Jul 11, 2015 : Pack Monadnock and Temple

Major peaks:Pack Monadnock, Temple
Trails:Wapack, Summit Loop, Spruce Knoll, Marion Davis, Wapack, Beebe, Wapack
Distance:5 miles
Elevation gain:1450 feet

Jul 03, 2015 : North Carter to Moriah

Major peaks:Lethe, North Carter, Moriah, Surprise
Trails:Imp, North Carter, Carter-Moriah
Distance:13.13 miles
Elevation gain:5071 feet

Jun 27, 2015 : Mt. Eisenhower

Major peaks:Eisenhower
Trails:Edmands Path, Mt. Eisenhower Loop, Crawford Path, Edmands Path
Distance:7.1 miles
Elevation gain:3054 feet

Jun 20, 2015 : Henderson Ridge

Major peaks:Nelson Crag, Washington
Trails:Tuckerman Ravine, Huntington Ravine, Nelson Crag, Huntington Ravine, Nelson Crag, Lion Head, Tuckerman Ravine
Distance:9.28 miles
Elevation gain:4296 feet
People:Chris Staron, Kaitlyn, Katie, Lon

Climb of Huntington Ravine via Henderson Ridge (5.4), with summit this year. We got an early start but still finished very late.

Jun 07, 2015 : Connecticut

Distance:1.1 miles
Elevation gain:300 feet
People:Dad, Sarah

May 30, 2015 : Mt. Moosilauke Complete

Major peaks:South Moosilauke, Moosilauke, Blue, Jim, Sayre Peak
Trails:Gorge Brook, Snapper, Moosilauke Carriage Road, Spur, Moosilauke Carriage Road, Beaver Brook, bushwhack, Beader Brook, Asquam Ridge, Al Merrill, dead end, Al Merril
Distance:11.5 miles
Elevation gain:3450 feet

Got up really early when Sarah had to go to work and did a massive loop hitting as many subpeaks as I could without having to do any real bushwhacking.

May 24, 2015 : Mt. Mitchell

Major peaks:Gibbes, Hallback, Mitchell
Trails:Old Mitchell, road, bushwhack, road, Old Mitchell, bushwhack, Old Mitchell
Distance:4.8 miles
Elevation gain:1560 feet

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May 23, 2015 : Craggy Pinnacle

Major peaks:Craggy Pinnacle
Trails:Craggy Pinnacle
Distance:1.5 miles
Elevation gain:200 feet

May 23, 2015 : Craggy Dome

Major peaks:Craggy Dome
Distance:0.8 miles
Elevation gain:463 feet

May 10, 2015 : Pack Monadnocks

Major peaks:Pack Monadnock, North Pack Monadnock
Trails:Carolyn's, Cliff, Wapack, Cliff, Ted's, Lower Connector, Carolyn's
Distance:9.56 miles
Elevation gain:2700 feet

Apr 24, 2015 : Monadnock

Major peaks:Monadnock
Trails:White Dot, Cascade Link, Red Spot, Pumpelley, White Dot
Distance:4.6 miles
Elevation gain:1800 feet
People:Don, Jay, Sarah

Apr 19, 2015 : Saddleback and the Horn

Major peaks:Saddleback, Horn
Trails:Ski trails, AT
Distance:7.2 miles
Elevation gain:3500 feet

The hike between the summits was tough - hard to follow the trail sometimes, and no one had been there for a while.

Apr 16, 2015 : Pack Monadnock

Major peaks:Pack Monadnock
Trails:Wapack, Summit Loop, Spruce Knoll, Marion Davis
Distance:3.7 miles
Elevation gain:1100 feet

Only a few patches of snow and ice remaining

Apr 11, 2015 : Horse Hill

Trails:Loop, Quarry, Loop
Distance:6.6 miles
Elevation gain:300 feet

Big loop around Horse Hill. Still pretty sloppy conditions.

Apr 03, 2015 : Crawford-Ridgepole Trail

Major peaks:Doublehead, Squam, Percival
Trails:Bearcamp River, Sandwich Notch Road, Crawford-Ridgepole, Mt. Percival
Distance:7.6 miles
Elevation gain:2251 feet
People:Rik, Tim

Wanted to do all the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail, but slushiness of the trail caused us to have to quit. Tim ran the several miles down the road back to the car.

Mar 25, 2015 : North Twin

Major peaks:North Twin
Trails:North Twin
Distance:10.2 miles
Elevation gain:3300 feet

This completes round three.

Mar 11, 2015 : Pack Monadnock

Major peaks:Pack Monadnock
Trails:auto road
Distance:2.8 miles
Elevation gain:900 feet

Mar 07, 2015 : Al Merrill Skiing

Trails:Gorge Brook, Al Merrill, Gorge Brook
Distance:7.2 miles
Elevation gain:1200 feet
People:Lon, Tim

Ski trip to the 10th Mountain lookout. This was much, much harder on x-c skis than I expected it to be.

Mar 01, 2015 : Mt. Tecumseh

Major peaks:Tecumseh
Trails:Mount Tecumseh, Sosman, Mount Tecumseh
Distance:4.67 miles
Elevation gain:2338 feet

Feb 22, 2015 : Hancocks Loop

Major peaks:Hancock, South Hancock
Trails:Hancock Notch, Cedar Brook, Hancock Loop, Cedar Brook, Hancock Notch
Distance:9.8 miles
Elevation gain:2940 feet
People:Rik, Tim

Feb 07, 2015 : Carters

Major peaks:South Carter, Middle Carter
Trails:Nineteen Mile Brook, Carter Dome, Carter-Moriah, North Carter, Imp
Distance:10.9 miles
Elevation gain:3654 feet

Jan 31, 2015 : Mt. Garfield

Distance:11.2 miles
Elevation gain:2250 feet
People:Kaitlyn, Lon, Rik

Did not summit due to everyone’s toes freezing from the cold. I don’t think anyone has the gear for this.

Jan 23, 2015 : Temple

Major peaks:Temple
Trails:Beebe, Wapack
Distance:2.75 miles
Elevation gain:732 feet
People:Jay, Lon, Rik

Post-work night time hike to the place with all the stone furniture.

Jan 17, 2015 : Davis Path

Major peaks:Crawford, Resolution, Parker
Trails:Davis Path, Mt. Crawford Spur, Davis Path, Mt. Parker, Mt. Langdon
Distance:11.1 miles
Elevation gain:3616 feet

I wasn’t feeling very good about this hike up to Mt. Crawford, but enjoyed it much more after that point. We got out in front there and had a lot of trail breaking to do all the way to Parker. We skipped Stairs due to how long we were spending on the trail breaking. This ended up being a really fun hike, and much harder than the little mountains suggested.

Jan 03, 2015 : North Pack Monadnock

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

Jan 02, 2015 : Middle and Peaked Mountain

Major peaks:Middle Mountain, Peaked Mountain
Trails:Middle Mountain, Middle Mountain Connector, Peaked Mountain, Peaked Mountain to Black Cap Connector, Black Cap Connector, Middle Mountain, Pudding Pond, Pudding Pond Connector, Pudding Pond, Middle Mountain
Distance:7.45 miles
Elevation gain:1963 feet

That’s a lot of trails for such a small area. These little mountains are really nice.

Jan 01, 2015 : Eagle Mountain

Major peaks:Eagle Mountain
Trails:Eagle Mountain Path
Distance:1.8 miles
Elevation gain:599 feet

Found lots of climbing on the eastern side of the mountain - look for a shiny bolt off right as soon as the trail steepens

Jan 01, 2015 : Black Mountain

Major peaks:Black Mountain
Trails:Bald Land, Black Mountain Ski Trail, Black Mountain Cutoff
Distance:5.2 miles
Elevation gain:1435 feet

Trail is poorly signed and we missed the very first turn, requiring a lot of bushwhacking to get from an X-C trail back to the right one. Also, most of this is not in the WMG meaning it doesn’t count for redlining.