2016 Hiking Log

This year's distance hiked: 302.30 miles (6.87 miles average)
This year's elevation gained: 91570.00 feet (2081.14 feet average)

Dec 31, 2016 : Smarts Brook XC

Trails:Yellow Jacket, Smarts Brook
Distance:3.4 miles
Elevation gain:383 feet
People:Chris, Kaitlyn

Dec 21, 2016 : Mt. Pierce

Major peaks:Pierce
Trails:Crawford Path, Webster Cliff
Distance:5.64 miles
Elevation gain:2396 feet

Dec 4, 2016 : Mount Cube

Major peaks:Cube
Distance:3.8 miles
Elevation gain:1360 feet
People:Chris, Kaitlyn, Lon

Nov 23, 2016 : North Uncanoonuc

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

Nov 19, 2016 : Pack Monadnock

Major peaks:Pack Monadnock
Trails:Raymond, Summit Loop
Distance:3.2 miles
Elevation gain:890 feet

Nov 06, 2016 : Tom

Major peaks:Tom
Distance:2.6 miles
Elevation gain:755 feet

Tons of radio towers and graffiti on the summit - not a pleasant place to be. I planned on activating it but lost interest when I got up there.

Nov 06, 2016 : Norwottuck

Major peaks:Norwottuck
Distance:2.7 miles
Elevation gain:677 feet

Nov 05, 2016 : Gunstock and Belknap

Major peaks:Gunstock, Belknap
Trails:Brook, Saddle, Blue, East Gilford, Round Pond
Distance:7 miles
Elevation gain:1700 feet

Oct 30, 2016 : Little Monadnock

Major peaks:Little Monadnock
Trails:Rhododendron Loop, Little Monadnock, Metacomet-Monadnock
Distance:2 miles
Elevation gain:700 feet

Excellent first real HF SOTA activation

Oct 16, 2016 : Sugarloaf Range

Major peaks:Abraham, Spaulding, Sugarloaf
Trails:Firewarden's, Mt. Abraham, Appalachian Trail, ski trails
Distance:12.5 miles
Elevation gain:4611 feet

This completes the New England 4000ers. From the time the Firewarden’s Trail breaks tree line (very far down) to the summit of Abraham was the highlight of this hike. We also made a bunch of SOTA contacts from each peak including S2S with Mt. Washington.

Oct 8, 2016 : Tecumseh

Major peaks:Tecumseh
Trails:Mt. Tecumseh
Distance:6.2 miles
Elevation gain:2545 feet

Very fast hike before lunch.

Sep 24, 2016 - Sep 25, 2016 : Mahoosuc Trail

Major peaks:Hayes, Cascade
Trails:Centennial, Mahoosuc, Trident Col Spur, Mahoosuc, Peabody Brook, Giant Falls Spur, Peabody Brook
Distance:12.9 miles
Elevation gain:4050 feet
People:Kaitlyn, Lon

Spent a very cold night at Trident Col tentsite and then hiked out in a hurry on Sunday morning to avoid race traffic.

Aug 26, 2016 : Hat Mountain

Major peaks:Hat Mountain
Trails:Echo Lake/Twin Lakes, Bear Lakes, bushwhack
Distance:6 miles
Elevation gain:1086 feet

First SOTA activation of this cinder cone just a little ways off the trail. It was very steep at the end. I talked mostly to people doing NPOTA from Summit Lake Campground just below me.

Aug 25, 2016 : Bumpass Hell

Trails:Bumpass Hell
Distance:2.97 miles
Elevation gain:735 feet
People:Linda, Lon, Sarah

Photo album

Aug 25, 2016 : Lassen Peak

Major peaks:Lassen
Trails:Lassen Peak
Distance:4.8 miles
Elevation gain:2065 feet

Photo album

Aug 21, 2016 - Aug 23, 2016 : Lassen NP

Major peaks:Crater Butte, Cinder Cone
Trails:Echo Lake-Twin Lakes, Summit Lake to Corral Meadow, Kings Creek, Grassy Swale, PCT, Rainbow Lake to Nobles, Rainbow Lake, Butte Lake to Snag Lake, Cinder Cone, Butte Lake to Snag Lake
Distance:18.85 miles
Elevation gain:3228 feet
People:Lon, Sarah

Backpack from Summit Lake to Butte Lake with camping at Swan Lake and Snag Lake, and a SOTA activation of Crater Butte.

Photo album

Aug 7, 2016 : Tripyramids and Sleepers

Major peaks:North Tripyramid, Middle Tripyramid, South Tripyramid, West Sleeper, East Sleeper
Trails:Sabbaday Brook, Mt. Tripyramid, Kate Sleeper, Downes Brook
Distance:14.5 miles
Elevation gain:3800 feet

Some idiot has painted mile markers on rocks all the way up Sabbaday Brook. Kate Sleeper is an interesting trail with huge blowdown patches east of East Sleeper. Downes Brook is very rocky and annoying up top, and then flat and boring at the bottom with lots of river crossings.

Jul 30, 2016 : Brothers

Major peaks:Coe, South Brother, North Brother, Fort
Trails:Marston, South Brother, Marston, North Brother, bushwhack, North Brother, Marston
Distance:11.6 miles
Elevation gain:4540 feet

We did the loop counterclockwise going up the Coe slide, over the Brothers, and bushwhacking out to Fort. The bushwhack had a well defined herd path all the way except for the deepest part of the col, but it was still very slow going. Great views from all summits and from the slide.

Photo album

Jul 24, 2016 : Temple Blueberries

Trails:Beebe, Wapack
Distance:2.75 miles
Elevation gain:732 feet

Hike to the stone furniture to pick blueberries

Jul 16, 2016 : Carter Dome

Major peaks:Carter Dome
Trails:Bog Brook, Wild River, Rainbow, Carter-Moriah, Nineteen Mile Brook, Wildcat River, Bog Brook
Distance:11.2 miles
Elevation gain:3274 feet

Jun 25, 2016 - Jun 26, 2016 : 13 Falls

Trails:Lincoln Woods, Franconia Brook, Garfield Ridge, Twin Brook, Franconia Brook, Lincoln Woods
Distance:23 miles
Elevation gain:3200 feet
People:Rik, Sarah

Sarah and I backpacked to 13 Falls, Rik went over Garfield to his car. The next day, I did a loop around Garfield Ridge.

Jun 18, 2016 : Crockers and Redington

Major peaks:South Crocker, North Crocker, South Crocker, Redington
Trails:AT, bushwhack, logging roads
Distance:10.8 miles
Elevation gain:3500 feet

The bushwhack to and from Redington is very well marked with tape, and is very worn anyway. It would be hard to lose.

Jun 07, 2016 : Watatic

Major peaks:Watatic
Distance:2.2 miles
Elevation gain:600 feet

May 31, 2016 : Bigelows

Major peaks:Avery, West Bigelow, South Horn
Trails:Firewarden, AT, Horns Pond, Firewarden
Distance:12.4 miles
Elevation gain:3833 feet

Photo album

May 26, 2016 : Cannon

Major peaks:Cannon
Trails:Kinsman Ridge
Distance:4.2 miles
Elevation gain:2100 feet
People:Rik, Sarah Burke

May 14, 2016 : Cardigan

Major peaks:Firescrew, Cardigan
Trails:Manning, Mowglis, Clark, Holt-Clark Cutoff, Holt, Manning
Distance:5.6 miles
Elevation gain:1900 feet
People:Jay, Sean, etc.

Bugs are now out in force

May 14, 2016 : Mt. Cilley

Major peaks:Cilley
Trails:Snowmobile path, bushwhack
Distance:3.6 miles
Elevation gain:890 feet

First activation of this peak, though it took forever

Apr 24, 2016 : Waterville Valley

Trails:Livermore Road, Greely Ponds, Goodrich Rock, Greely Ponds, Timber Camp, Greely Ponds, Livermore Road
Distance:12 miles
Elevation gain:2600 feet

Lots of cool stuff on this hike - Goodrick Rock and boulders, the trail work and remoteness on Greely Ponds, and an overlook bench after following an unofficial trail past the highest point on the Timber Camp trail.

Apr 23, 2016 : Mt. Shaw

Major peaks:Shaw, Black Snout, Tate
Trails:Shaw, Black Snout, High Ridge, Black Snout, Italian, Shaw
Distance:7.7 miles
Elevation gain:2500 feet

The Shaw trail is really annoying to follow in the first mile and I didn’t really like it at all. The way down was much nicer.

Apr 20, 2016 : Gap Mountain

Major peaks:Gap Mountain
Distance:3.2 miles
Elevation gain:800 feet

Apr 20, 2016 : Little Monadnock

Major peaks:Little Monadnock
Trails:Rhododendron Loop, Little Monadnock, Metacomet-Monadnock
Distance:2.4 miles
Elevation gain:700 feet

Apr 10, 2016 : Monadnock

Major peaks:Monadnock
Trails:White Dot, White Cross, White Dot
Distance:3.64 miles
Elevation gain:1800 feet

Mount Washington was easily visible from the summit today.

Apr 09, 2016 : Carr Mountain

Major peaks:Carr
Trails:Three Ponds, Carr Mountain, bushwhack, Three Ponds
Distance:7 miles
Elevation gain:2279 feet

Had to bushwhack to avoid re-crossing the brook on the way out.

Apr 09, 2016 : Stinson

Major peaks:Stinson
Trails:Stinson Mountain
Distance:3.8 miles
Elevation gain:1387 feet

Mar 31, 2016 : North Pack Monadnock

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

Successful test of portable HF gear for SOTA

Mar 26, 2016 : Chocorua

Major peaks:Bald Mountain, Chocorua
Trails:Hammond, Liberty, Piper
Distance:8.2 miles
Elevation gain:3178 feet

Mar 20, 2016 : Mt. Clough

Major peaks:Clough
Distance:6.2 miles
Elevation gain:2200 feet

Bushwhack from Long Pond Road, first SOTA activation of this peak

Mar 05, 2016 : Mt. Flume and Liberty

Major peaks:Flume, Liberty
Trails:Lincoln Woods, Osseo, Franconia Ridge, Liberty Spring, Whitehouse
Distance:10.63 miles
Elevation gain:3973 feet

Feb 28, 2016 : Mt. Moriah

Major peaks:Moriah
Trails:Stony Brook, Carter-Moriah
Distance:9.07 miles
Elevation gain:3451 feet
People:Rik, Tim

Trails were even icier than yesterday. Crampons were required for the way down.

Feb 27, 2016 : Boulder Loop

Trails:Boulder Loop
Distance:2.8 miles
Elevation gain:1048 feet

Trail was entirely ice. There’s very little snow cover anywhere.

Feb 21, 2016 : Mt. Israel

Major peaks:Israel
Distance:4.2 miles
Elevation gain:1879 feet

Feb 06, 2016 : Willey Range

Major peaks:Avalon, Field, Tom
Trails:Avalon, Willey Range, Tom Spur, A-Z, Avalon
Distance:7.45 miles
Elevation gain:3019 feet

Jan 21, 2016 : Mt. Cabot

Major peaks:Cabot
Trails:York Pond, Bunnell Notch, Kilkenny Ridge
Distance:9.6 miles
Elevation gain:3082 feet

This was the only hike I used snowshoes on this winter.

Jan 17, 2016 : Temple

Major peaks:Temple
Trails:Wapack, Beebe
Distance:3.8 miles
Elevation gain:700 feet