Last Friday we finally got a break in the rain and I was able to take a ride through the White Mountains. I think the colors are just about at peak in the elevations.
I drove through Woodsville, NH to the start of Rt. 112, otherwise known as the Lost River Road. This route goes through Kinsman Notch and past Beaver Pond.
A section of the Appalachian Trail known as the Beaver Brook Trail starts near the other end of Beaver Pond. Beaver Brook Trail will take you to the top of Mt. Moosilauke. The first section of the trail is known as the Cascades. The trail runs alongside a brook with waterfalls that feed Beaver Pond below.
As the sign above warns, the trail is very steep and treacherous. The trail can also get slippery due to dew, fog, rain and water spray from the waterfalls. At places on the trail there are steps and rungs to hang on to with your hands.
I enjoyed the amber glow of this scene under the fall colors near this small waterfall on Beaver Brook.
The photograph above shows some of the steps built into the trail. Further on rungs made of re-bar have been installed in the rock so hikers can have safety hand-holds to climb the trail.
This is the first time that I had been up this trail when the foliage had turned color. I’m glad to took the time to come here and plan to come back.
After a quick hike along the Cascades I continued through Kinsman Notch past Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves. A return trip to explore this place is on the list. But for today I journeyed on to the look-out on Route 118 for a few photographs of the Franconia Range on my way home.
This is one of the best views along Route 118 going from Warren, New Hampshire to Woodstock, New Hampshire. The view is North and East looking down on Woodstock and the southern part of the Franconia Range.