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mtruman
08-04-2008, 08:56 PM
7/25/08
2.7 mi, 750', 2.5hrs
Mark and Nat

After torrential rain and thunder storms last night we came out on Friday morning to find a clear blue sky and a promise for a perfect day tomorrow for Seek the Peak. With half the day to kill after getting our daugher off to camp we decided to get in a warm up hike. Since we were at Joe Dodge Lodge there were many options without driving anywhere. We decided to try a new route which we hadn't heard of before seeing it in the "recommended hikes" section in the White Mountain Guide - Liebskind's Loop. It is basically a multi-trail loop that starts on the Old Jackson Road (same trailhead as Tuckerman's). After crossing the first brook on the OJR the loop then goes clockwise around Crew Cut Trail, Georges's Gorge Trail, Liebskind's Loop, Crew Cut Trail back to OJR. It is a well maintained path all the way with some beautiful streams and bogs and a nice climb through the woods to two small ledges (Brad's Bluff and Lila's Ledge) on the Liebskind's Loop trail. They provide beautiful views down Pinkham Notch, across Wildcat and up the ravines to Mt Washington. We didn't meet a single person on the trails and it appears that this is a well kept secret.

Cloudless morning over PNVC
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High brooks on OJR after much rain the last few days
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Beautiful bogs
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Views open up first at Brad's Bluff
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Even better views from Lila's Ledge
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Nice place to spend the morning
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Later in the day the pre-sunset view over Mt Washington promises a beautiful day for Seek the Peak tomorrow.
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KD Talbot
08-04-2008, 09:05 PM
Actually, these are mostly used for X-country skiing. Most folks hiking head up, so if you hike them this time of year you're usually alone. Nice trails. Nice shots!

KDT

mtruman
08-04-2008, 09:28 PM
Actually, these are mostly used for X-country skiing. Most folks hiking head up, so if you hike them this time of year you're usually alone.

It was such a beautiful day that it took all the self restraint we could muster not to go up. Since we only had about 5 hours the decision was easier (although we could have done Lowe's Bald Spot or something else a bit more ambitious). More importantly we didn't want to kill our legs on day 1 with 5 big days to follow. As it turned out the last 3 days were the days we felt best - apparently got our trail legs. Guess that means if we'd started bigger on Friday we'd have been broken in sooner. Live and learn.

Breeze
08-04-2008, 09:36 PM
Mark, GREAT SHOTS of some of the " small stuff" with a great bang for little energy investment from PNVC.

Liebskind's Loop pretty much connects to the Great Glen Trails system, with some equally entrancing micro-climates all the way through to Great Angel Station. If I'm not mistaken, some of that territory was actually part and parcel of the OLD Osgood Trail route.

Seeing great stuff in the Presi's is not always about getting above treeline or working hard to make elevation, bag a peak, or brag about summitting.

Breeze

Tim&Val
08-05-2008, 07:21 PM
Beautiful pictures!! And what a great day that Friday was! Congratulations on finding and enjoying a road less traveled!

Valerie

Steve M
08-05-2008, 10:21 PM
Brad's bluff? I didn't know Brad was bluffing! Very nice pics! Wish I were with you.

mtruman
08-05-2008, 10:40 PM
Brad's bluff? I didn't know Brad was bluffing!
Apparently he is and we have the sign to prove it.

Brad
08-06-2008, 06:36 AM
Must be the other Brad. He gets all the attention.

Patrad Fischroy
08-06-2008, 09:17 AM
Must be the other Brad. He gets all the attention.
And from what I hear the cars too...:(

Brad
08-06-2008, 11:13 AM
And from what I hear the cars too...:(
And I was so close.