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Mount Baldface

Mount Baldface Map

Mount Baldface Map

A significant portion of Mount Baldface is above treeline and Baldface’s ridge loop offers nearly continuous views in most directions, including a breathtaking view of Mt Washington looming above the Carter Range.

This is a fantastic loop hike with several fun stream crossings and a lot of views at the top of both peaks and along the ridge. As their name implies both peaks have bald summits and in some steep places you may find yourself on fun scrambles.  The Baldface Circle Trail makes a loop from the east over both peaks. Its two halves diverge at Emerald Pool about a mile from the trailhead. The southern part passes Chandler Gorge and the South Baldface Shelter, and includes a section of steep ledges on South Baldface. The trail follows the ridge from South Baldface to North Baldface, condinues north a short distance to Eagle Crag, and then drops down (short steep section right near the top) and returns to Emerald Pool. There is a noteworthy stream crossing just above Emerald Pool, and a smaller stream shortly above that. The complete loop is 9.8 miles, with about 3600 ft of elevation gain. (Elevation gain is about the same for any route.)

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Mount Chocorua

Map of Mount Chocorua

Map of Mount Chocorua

Mount Chocorua is located in the white Mountains of New Hampshire. At an elevation of 3,490 feet (1,064 m) it is the easternmost peak of the sandwich range. Although the range is not outstanding for its elevation, it is very rugged and has excellent views of the surrounding lakes, mountains, and forests. Mount Chocorua’s bare summit can be seen from almost every direction and can be identified from many points throughout central New Hampshire and western Maine.

This is one of the most popular and beautiful hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Once you get up to the ridge via the steep ridge trail you will be following a ridge traverse over several rocky peaks to the summit of Chocorua.

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Mount Washington via Huntington’s

We decided to return to our favorite mountains to vacation and hike with little Kasper this summer. Kasper is 14 and a half years old and full of health and energy and loves to hike. She has been hiking the White Mountains every summer with us since she was 6 months old when she submitted her first mountain. She even has a certificate and patch from the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) for summiting the forty eight 4000 footers in NH. We decided to have a basecamp and do day hikes with recovery days for Kasper (and ourselves). We started with our favorite hike up Mt. Washington on the Huntington Ravine trail and down the Tuckerman Ravine trail.  Kasper tore up the trail and hiked most of every trail upwards of 10 miles a day. We put her in our backpack whenever the boulders were too big and when the sun was too hot. Coming down Tuckerman’s we had to put her in our pack because we lost her leash and she was too fast for us to keep up. We were so happy to see her energy!!

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Pollett’s Cove

Laura, Kasper and I went to Cape Breton for the weekend. We decided to spend Friday night at Corney Brook campground which is near Cheticamp in the national park. For night two we hiked into Pollett’s Cove for a quick overnight visit. This was only a two hour 8 km hike into our favorite Nova Scotia beach. The only way to access this location is through hiking in or by boat. Some years there has been cows as well as horses that reside at the beach. This year there were six horses and no cows. One mare had a young foal. There’s usually other hikers and this year there were about 10 other tents set up in the valley. A few people even came in as day hikers.

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Pollett’s Cove

Pollett’s Cove is one of our favorite places in Nova Scotia. You can have a beach pretty much to yourself with only a short 10km hike to get there. It is home to wild horses, cows, seals and eagles.

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Cape Chignecto “Back Again”

Chignecto 2014

Every year Laura, Kasper and I head out to embrace the 52 km Cape Chignecto hike for the May long weekend. Our friend Sheryl joined us this year and we were able to connect with many of our hiking friends along the journey. Kasper is now 13 years young and she did awesome! She was ready for the trail, sometimes before us, every morning. Normally she won’t leave the nest for early morning journeys. We love ocean front tenting and usually always spend our night’s on the beach. For the past 4 years we have “Kicked Off” our summer hiking season with Cape Chignecto… and this has been a ritual for fellow like minded individuals as well. We have met some really great people on this hike and see them each and every year during this same weekend.

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Pollett’s Cove

Pollett’s Cove is a wilderness estuary on the northwest coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. It is accessible only by boat or on foot via a simple 10 km hike along the coastline from Pleasant Bay, heading north (about 2 hours hike).  It is truly a place to get away from it all.  No cell reception and civilization.

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Mount Adams and Mount Madison

We climbed up the Valley Way trail to Madison Spring Hut nestled between Mount Madison and Mount Adams. There are many hiking trails on the mountains. A stretch of the Appalachian Trail traverses just below the Mount Madison summit on the Osgood Trail. Mount Adams, elevation 5,793 feet above sea level, the second highest peak in the Northeast United States. Like most of the Presidential Range, the summits are above treeline. Due to high winds and low temperatures, hypothermia is a danger even in the summer. The Randolph Mountain Club (RMC) maintains the trails and several huts and shelters high on Mount Adams’ north side, including “The Perch” … we love staying here. A large network of hiking and climbing paths lead south to the huts and ridges from several parking areas located on US Hwy #2.

On our decent we took a new to us trail … The Chemin Des Dames trail just off of the Airline trail descending from Mt. Adams. It is a short trail at only 1/2 mile long but it was a somewhat steep climb down over boulders and over loose rocks. It’s a classic Presidential Range sort of hike.

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Lion’s Head Trail

After completing Huntington’s Ravine Trail and crossing over Mt. Washington’s summit we decided to descend by route of the Lion’s Head Trail.  The Lion’s Head Trail is about the same length as the Tuckerman’s Ravine trail but it is steeper and rougher.  In exchange you get better views and less crowds.

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Huntington’s Ravine Trail

Huntington Ravine is a glacial cirque on Mount Washington in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  This is our favorite route to Washington’s Summit.  It has the steepest and highest headwall, crosses a boulder field, ascends a collection of broken rock fragments (scree) at the base of a cliff.  Avalanches, icefalls, and hypothermia have killed climbers in Huntington repeatedly in recent years, and the hiking path is usually not passable until late May or early June.

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