Southern Presidential Range (as promised)

In September 2013 we took a few days and decided to hike the Southern Presidential Range starting at the Dry River Trail (9.6 miles from Crawford Notch to the Lakes of the Clouds). Knowingly a fairly isolated, not super popular trail, so we were expecting it to be nice and quiet…and just weren’t expecting it to be closed!

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If you encounter a closed trail sign, turn around…. Don’t do what we did…. The trail was heavily affected by tropical storm Irene in 2011 the layout of the trail in some places, as well as junctions, gone…

The beginning of the trail up to the shelter was fine (we spent the night close by at a tent site), the problems started the next day after a mile or two… the trail was completely gone… Thankfully with Wade’s great orientation skills, a map and compass we were able make it through the rough and scary nonexistent trail…. Some parts of the trail were completely covered with fallen trees and debris so we were climbing over and crawling under… I confess, i was pretty scared but then the adrenaline and will to get out of there kicks in and the bruises, the cuts, the scrapes, the holes in clothing and bags don’t matter…

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When we finally got out of that mess and were able to look around, see the beauty that was all around us, it made me feel pretty damn good! (Even more so when I was able to see the White Mountains National Forest sign… then I was able to feel relieved because we were finally “out of the woods” and on the right track 🙂 )100_2663100_2665

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You can see the towers at the top of Mount Washington.

 

 

 

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The view of the Lakes of the Clouds is just breathtaking! (by the time we got to the hut we were exhausted… inquired about staying but the prices were crazy!!! The girl at the hut was really nice, looked at us and said that we’d be able to get to the Naumann Tentsite near the Mizpah Hut. So we refilled our bottles, and kept going. And yes, we made it before night time!

The next day we tackled Mount Monroe, Mount Eisenhower, Mount Jackson and Webster.

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The Dry River Trail has since opened (in 2014 if I’m not mistaken) but it is still, from what I read, a pretty challenging trail, and a work in progress…

If you are prepared and up for it, it is worth it, it is as challenging as it is beautiful! (We would love to go back in the fall when the foliage is at its peak)

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As always, have fun, be careful and…

happy trails!

A.

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The worst hike (so far…anyway)

So, I really enjoy hiking and even though a few of the hikes we’ve done were tough, there’s always something very rewarding and a sense of accomplishment at the end of the end. Well, not with every hike though… In July of 2012 we tackled Mt. Tripyramid loop in the Sandwich Range Wilderness in NH and that was, by far, the worst hike I’ve ever done.  In this 11 mile hike you will come across North Peak (4,180 feet), Middle Peak (4,140 feet) and South Peak (4,100 feet) (hence Tripyramid).

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If, by whatever reason, you decide to hike this  mountain, I would recommend going up the North side and down the South… if you have hiked this, you know what I’m talking about 🙂  Be ready to get your mountain goat mode on and don’t look down! And be EXTREMELY careful!!!!  A really big chunk of the “trail” is made up of steep rock slabs… terrain that you probably should climb with rope and all happy stuff… It was scary, it was tough, it was nerve wrecking but we did it – and no, I do not have any desire to do it again…. After all the hard work you are rewarded with wooded summits which makes for a pretty disappointing climb, in my humble opinion… (I like to be rewarded with breathtaking views after putting my life at risk 😉 )

I did sit down every once in a while on the way to snap some pictures…

This was so far the worst, scariest hike we’ve done… although the Southern Presidential Range had a pretty hairy section, but that’s a topic for another post… Stay tuned 🙂

Happy trails,

A.