For the first overnight hike of the season, W. chose Red Rock&Butters in the Caribou-Speckled Wilderness, located in Stoneham, ME. This will be a perfect hike if you are willing to trade breathtaking summit views for peace and quiet – we saw no one for 2 days on the trail. On the other hand, because it’s a light travelled trail, it can be pretty tough to follow at times – marked only here and there with old yellow blazes and small cairns. So, if you are going from Red Rock to Butters and then down, be prepared to do a little bushwhacking if needed and keep your eyes open. A map and a compass are always a good idea to have handy and on this particular hike may even be necessary. (we also spotted a couple of trees with red tape and even though they weren’t marking the trail we used them to get our bearings in a few places.
There were some really pretty green spots with brooks, and beautiful views up from the Red Rock cliffs. At Butters the views are pretty limited.
The last couple of miles are pretty easy. Wide open flat terrain with tons of butterflies flying around 🙂