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.

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.”

Green Mt Claremont NH April 25 2020-7

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

Green Mt Claremont NH April 25 2020-3

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

Green Mt Claremont NH April 25 2020-1

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

Green Mt Claremont NH April 25 2020-5

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!

Franconia Ridge Panorama February 23 2019-1

Hiking to Lonesome Lake February 23 2019-9

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

Hiking to Lonesome Lake February 23 2019-10

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

20190223_104150

20190223_104105

Hiking to Lonesome Lake February 23 2019-3

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.

Hiking to Lonesome Lake February 23 2019-11

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!

Return to Blueberry Mt., September 2016

On September 5th, 2016 we returned to Blueberry Mt. What a big difference from our April hike. Everything was lush and green. And we found lots of ripe blueberries!

blueberry-mt-sep-5-2016-3blueberry-mt-sep-5-2016-4This time we went past the summit and over the other side to a lookout with a view towards Mt. Moosilauke. Just off of the main trail we found a rocky area with a great view to have snack, relax and enjoy the view.  As luck would have it, our rest spot was surrounded by blueberries.blueberry-mt-sep-5-2016-12

blueberry-mt-sep-5-2016-11I put on my 300mm lens for a zoom shot of the exposed rock near the ravine.

blueberry-mt-sep-5-2016-15blueberry-mt-sep-5-2016-16The exposed “rock” looks more like loose gravel and dirt. I bet it’s a stream bed and waterfall during the spring.

We have already made plans to go back next season in early September for the blueberry feast hike.

Hike to Mt. Cube on the Cross Rivendell Trail

On July 3rd I joined a Meetup.com group for a hike to the two peaks of Mt. Cube in Orford, NH. Last September I hiked to Mt. Cube on the Appalachian Trail, which is 3.3 miles from the trail head to the south summit. This time we would take different trail to the top. The Cross Rivendell Trail is only 2 miles from the trail head to the South Summit. I liked the idea of a shorter hike and I heard the views are better along the way.

Mt. Cube Hike July 3 2015-1

Everything I head about the views on the way up are true. There are several scenic views along the trail.

Mt. Cube Hike July 3 2015-4

Mt. Cube Hike July 3 2015-5

One of the first scenic views faces Orford, NH and Fairlee, VT. I can see the cliffs of Fairlee peaking out behind Sunday Mt. in Orford.

Mt. Cube Hike July 3 2015-8

The view from the next scenic look out is even better.

Mt. Cube Hike July 3 2015-9

We can see Killington to the southwest.

Mt. Cube Hike July 3 2015-14

I can barely make out the ski trails through the haze.

Mt. Cube Hike July 3 2015-15

I can see most of Indian Pond behind that damn tree top. I also recognize the cliff face of Peaked Mt. up in Piermont, NH.

Mt. Cube Hike July 3 2015-16

Mt. Cube Hike July 3 2015-18

We were all hungry by the time we made it to the top. We wasted no time digging lunch out of our packs and settling down to enjoy the view and eat.

Mt. Cube Hike July 3 2015-17

I recognized the distinctive shape of Mt. Cardigan in the distance. The hike to Holts Ledge helped me to recognize the mountain.

Mt. Cube Hike July 3 2015-20Way off in the distance we could see the windmills at the Groton Wind Farm in Groton, NH.

Mt. Cube Hike July 3 2015-23

A visit to Mt. Cube is not complete without a trip to the North Peak for some awesome views to the east and north. It’s only about another half mile hike.

Mt. Cube Hike July 3 2015-21

Mount Moosilauke dominates the view from the North Peak.

Mt. Cube Hike July 3 2015-22

I like the view towards Lake Tarleton and Armington on the right. I’m pretty sure that’s Black Mt. in the distance on the left.

Mt. Cube Hike July 3 2015-25

We easily spent anther half hour to forty five minutes taking photos and enjoying the view.

I have no doubt I will take the Cross Rivendell Trail rather than the Appalachian Trail on my next trip to Mt. Cube.

Hike to Holt’s Ledge in Lyme, NH

I recently hiked to Holt’s Ledge along the Appalachian Trail for the first time. Holt’s Ledge is located in Lyme Center, NH.

Although the top is only 1930 feet, hikers can enjoy great views to the east and south.

Goose Pond and the ski trails on Mt. Sunapee.
Goose Pond and the ski trails on Mt. Sunapee.

Looking towards the south we could see Goose Pond and the ski trails of Mt Sunpaee in the distance.

Holts Ledge Hike May 6 2015
Mt. Cardigan from Holt’s Ledge.Holts Ledge Hike May 6 2015

Zoom photo of Mt. Cardigan from Holt’s Ledge.

To the east we could see Mt. Cardigan with it’s distinctive bald top and fire tower on the summit.

Franconia Ridge in the distance.
Franconia Ridge in the distance.

Way off in the distance we could see the distinctive profile of Franconia Ridge near Woodstock, NH.

Top of the ski life at Dartmouth Skiway
Top of the ski life at Dartmouth Skiway.

After enjoying the view for a while the group walked over to Dartmouth Skiway lift and ski trails. From there we had a nice view of Smarts Mt. to the North.

Ski Trail signs at Dartmouth Skiway
Ski Trail signs at Dartmouth Skiway.

We walked down the Upper Papoose ski trail for part of the return trip.

Snow on the ski trail in May
Snow on the ski trail in May.

We even found a small pile of snow on the Upper Papoose trail.

Holts Ledge Hike May 6 2015-12

We had a great view of Lyme Center and the mountains of Vermont off in the distance.

Giant boulder along the Papoose trail at the Dartmouth Skiway.
Giant boulder along the Papoose trail at the Dartmouth Skiway.

An interesting sight along the Papoose trail is a giant boulder beside the trail.

Giant boulder beside the Papoose ski trail at the Dartmouth Skiway.
Giant boulder beside the Papoose ski trail at the Dartmouth Skiway.

Holt’s Ledge is a great hike since you get impressive views yet the hike is under two miles.