Hiking Mt. Sunapee on October 17, 2021

On October 17th I lead an meetup.com group hike to the summit of Mt. Sunapee. It’s one of my favorite hikes and ski resorts because of the fantastic view of Lake Sunapee from the summit and ski trails.

My goal for the hike was to get some late season foliage photos that I could turn into Panorama photos using Adobe Lightroom. The two panorama photos below are from the top of the Skyway Ledges ski trail. I like to stop here for a few minutes and enjoy the view in the winter when I am skiing.

The panorama photos below are from the the top of the Wing Ding trail on the Sun Bowl side of the mountain.

The panorama photo below was shot by turning the camera on its side for a series of portrait photos that I “stitched” together in Lightroom to make a huge panorama photo. I was able to capture both the foliage on the lower slopes of the mountain and entire lake.

Hiking Mt. Moosilauke on September 19, 2021

On Sunday September 19th I joined a meetup.com group and hiked Mt. Moosilauke (See the Alltrails Page) in New Hampshire. It’s one of the 4000+ footers in New Hampshire and an awesome hike.

This is a panorama shot of the view from the Gorge Brook Trail once you start to get above the treeline.

We got a little higher and I got my 300mm lens out and zoomed in on Mt. Lafayette over on the Franconia Ridge.

It was cold at the top (down in the 40’s with the wind chill) so most people at the summit were hanging out behind wind breaks.

The views towards Franconia Ridge were fantastic even though a few clouds moved in.

This photo is looking towards Lake Tarleton, Lake Armington and Lake Katherine in Piermont, NH

This photo is of Black Mountain to the right and North Haverhill, NH down in the Connecticut River Valley.

This is one of my favorite 4000+ mountains to climb it’s the closest one to where I live. Starting from the Dartmouth base lodge is very cool. my next favorite trail is the Beaver Brook Trail from route 112 in North Woodstock, NH.

Winter hike to Artist Bluff in Franconia Notch

I had some staycation days to use at the end of February 2020 so I planned some skiing and hiking trips. My goal for Friday was to find a short hike with majestic views. So I went over to Artist Bluff in Franconia Notch near Cannon Mt. Ski Resort. It’s a short hike, but from the top you get a fantastic view of Franconia Notch and Eagle Lake,Cannon Mt and Mt. Layafette.

Winter hike up Mt. Cube in Orford, NH

I had some vacation time to use before the end of February so I planned a few “staycation” activities like skiing and winter hiking. On Wednesday, February 24, 2021 I planned a hike with my friend Sandra up Mt. Cube on the Rivendell Trail in Orford, NH. The weather forecast was for partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid 30’s, which is warm for a winter day.

One of my favorite sections of the Rivendell trail is the stand of Red Pines. In addition to the tall pines there is an under story “layer” of pines that look beautiful when covered in snow.

A spot on the trail where we always seem to stop is called the Sunday Mountain Lookout since you get a wonderful view of Sunday Mountain (it’s more of a hill rather than a mountain) in Orford, NH and west into Vermont.

We finally hit the part of the trail where the trees pretty much turn to all pines. The trail is especially beautiful after it had been snowing.

Another lookout on the Rivendell trail has a fantastic view west into Vermont. Using my 300mm lens I can get a great view of Killington Ski Resort. According to Google Maps this is 60 miles away.

As we got above the treeline the small pines alongside the trail were half encased in ice.

We finally made it to the top of South Peak but did not stay long due to the wind chill.

I did take a series of photos looking towards Groton Wind Farm and Plymouth, NH. The distant view was nice but I really liked the snow covered pines around the summit.

We decided not to go to North Peak since the trail did not look packed down and we did not have snow shoes with us.

Green Mt. Hiking Trip April 25, 2020

I went hiking with a small group of people from the meetup.com group that I’m in to Green Mt. in Claremont, NH. It was my first time there and I did not even know about the trail before the hike. I discovered its the mountain right next to the City of Claremont with the cell phone towers at the top. It’s so close to the city that I got some great photos from the top using my 300mm lens. As you can see from the old brick buildings, Claremont is an old mill town. Wikipedia tells us, “The water power harnessed from the Sugar River brought the town prosperity during the Industrial Revolution. Large brick factories were built along the stream, including the Sunapee Mills, Monadnock Mills, Claremont Machine Works, Home Mills, Sanford & Rossiter, and Claremont Manufacturing Company. Principal products were cotton and woolen textiles, lathes and planers, and paper.”

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I was also able to get some panorama shots from the ledges near the top.

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I really enjoyed the view of Mt. Ascutney on the right to Okemo Mt. and ski resort off in the distance on the left.

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I zoomed in with the 300mm lens for a better view of Okemo Ski Resort, which is over in Ludlow, Vermont.

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Hike to AMC Lonesome Lake Hut

On February 23, 2019 I joined a meetup.com group to take my first hike to the AMC Lonesome Lake hut in Franconia Notch in Franconia, NH.

Although the trail was only 1.6 miles from Lafayette Place Campground,  it was a steep stair climber hike!

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Even though it was steep climb, the view of Franconia Ridge was well worth it.

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The Lonesome Lake Hut was a fantastic place to rest and relax. Hikers and overnight guests can buy a hot drink and snacks.

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The wood stove, the small book shelf filled with books and board games made the hut an awesome place to relax, unwind and warm up.

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The good thing about hiking to the hut in the winter is that we could walk across the lake rather than around it.

This places is definitely on my list of place to visit again!

Hiking Mt. Sunapee in Newbury, NH

Although I have been skiing at Mt. Sunapee for years I had not been on any of the hiking trails until this year.

I had Friday, October 26th off from work and decided to go hiking. Although the foliage had peaked the weather was perfect for hiking. One of my goals for the day was to scout the Summit Trail so that I could return later with people from one of the local Meetup.com groups that I belong to.

The Summit Trail is just one of several trails to the summit. I could get to the trail either from the Mt. Sunappe base lodge or the trailhead on Old Province Rd. I chose to start at the Old Province Rd. trailhead for this hike.

I made a couple wrong turns (and ended up on the ski trails) but eventually made it to the summit. As usual the view of Lake Sunapee was fantastic. When skiing I usually don’t have my good DLSR camera so this was an opportunity to get some better photos than I can get with a phone camera.

The photo below was taken from the top of the Skyway Ledges ski trail.

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I also made a panorama photos from the top of the Wingding trail.

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I switched to my 300mm lens and was able to get some shot of the White Mountains in the distance. The photo below is looking past the wind farm in Groton, NH towards an area of the White Mountains known as the Pemigewasset Wilderness.

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Below is a photo looking past Mt. Cardigan (the first range on the left had side of the photo) with the snow covered mountains of Franconia Notch in the background.

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It took a little longer than I expected to go back to Mt. Sunapee with the Meetup group. I was not able to schedule a hike until November 17th. By that time we had some early winter storms and had 5 inches of snow at the bottom and 7 to 8 inches at the summit. It was also cold and windy so I only took a few photos before getting out of the wind and heading back down the mountain. Although there was heavy cloud cover over the lake during my first few photos, I was lucky to catch a moment when the sun broke through to shine on Great Island down on the lake.

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Fall hike to Mt. Moosilauke

Back at the end of October I went on a meetup.com group hike to Mt. Mooslauke in Warren, NH. Although it was a little past the foliage peak, a hike to Mt. Moosilauke is always a treat. Another bonus of the trip was that I could see the new Dartmouth Ravine Lodge.

I think they did a great job with the design and construction. The inside was equally impressive.

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Mt Moosilauke October 28 2017-7It was a beautiful fall day for a hike. At one of the viewpoint along the trail were were able to see remnants of the “valley fog” that happens on many fall mornings in the area.

We finally made it to the summit. There was enough snow at the top to remind us that winter is coming!

Since it was a sunny, clear and cool day the views were spectacular.This is a view towards Franconia Ridge. The plaque in the rock is a memorial plaque for Dick Sanders, who was the manager of the Moosilauke Summit Camp and president of the Dartmouth Outing Club for a number of years.

The photo above is a view of Mt. Lafayette near Franconia Notch. Lafayette is on my list of mountains yet to climb.

The photo above is a view towards Lincoln, NH and South Peak part of Loon Mt. ski area. You can see one of the ski trails on the upper left hand corner of the photo. The tall building with the red roof is the RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain.

View towards Long Pond and Black Mt in Benton, NH.

View towards the Webster Slide cliffs with Lake Tarleton and Lake Armington in the distance.

We rested and had some food near the foundation stones of the Summit Camp that burned in 1942. The Moosilauke page on the Hike the Whites website tells us,

In 1860 the Prospect House, a stone hotel patterned after the Mt Washington Summit House was opened on the summit of Moosilauke. It went through many changes over the years, and it’s name was changed to the Tip-Top House. The hotel and a circular tract of land on the summit was given to Dartmouth in 1920 and students ran the place during the summer months like an AMC hut. It burned in 1942, and the stone foundation can still be seen.

Below is my favorite image of the hotel from the Hike the Whites Moosilauke page

It must have been quite the experience to have stayed up there overnight. I bet visitors witnessed some fantastic sunrises and sunsets. I bet they witnessed some wild storms as well.

Foliage hike to Mt. Abraham and Lincoln Peak

In the fall I like to get in a hike as close to the foliage peak as possible. This year I joined a Meetup.com group for a hike on the Long Trail to Mt. Abraham in Warren, VT.

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There were lots of other hikers on the trail and the summit of Mt. Abraham was a busy place.

We had a great view to the west through the gap to Bristol, VT and Lake Champlain in the distance.

Naturally we had to go see the Mt. Abraham plane wreck while we were there.

The New England Hiking page tells us,

“On June 28, 1973, a pilot on his way from Twin Mountain, Vermont to Newburgh, New York was trying to navigate through a thick cloud and struck some trees at roughly 3,000 feet elevation on Mount Abraham. He survived the plane crash, but parts of the place still exist on the mountain today.”

I had been studying the maps for this hike for some time and had the crazy idea to hike past Mt. Abraham and the plane wreck along the ridge to Lincoln Peak, which is also the top of Sugarbush Ski area. I wanted to get some photos of the views in addition to the ski lodge from the summit.

 

Winter Hike to Smarts Mt.

On November 28th our Meetup group headed up the Lambert Ridge Trail on our way to the summit of Smarts Mt. in Lyme, NH. It was overcast and foggy for most of our hike across Lambert Ridge.

We were surprised to see numerous bear tracks in the area between Lambert Ridge and the base of Smarts Mt.

bear-track-smarts-mt-hike-2016Good thing we had Microspikes since the trail was steep and icy. It was a tough climb and I was happy to reach the fire tower at the top. The great surprise of the day was the view from part way up the tower. It was so overcast and foggy on the way up I never expected such a nice view. It was a wonderful combination of snow covered trees, valley fog and interesting cloud formations.

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