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1HappyHiker
11-22-2009, 09:32 AM
There have been many Trip Reports about bushwhacks to Whitewall Mountain which forms the eastern wall of Zealand Notch. But nonetheless, here is one more report.

Due to a variety of situations, it has been awhile since my friend Marty & me have hiked together. But at last our "stars aligned" and we sat off at mid-morning for one of our adventures with no firm game plan in mind. Since it won't be long before the Zealand Road will be closed, we opted to take advantage of this situation and head up the Zealand Trail. The cloud cover was being stubborn about clearing, and so we considered just do an out & back trek to Shoal Pond. Or, if the cloud cover appeared to be lifting, then we were also considering a bushwhack up to Whitewall.

Despite a rather "iffy" lifting of the cloud cover, we ultimately decided to whack up to Whitewall. I had been there once before, but this would be Zman's first time. We left the Ethan Pond Trail just a bit west of the junction with the Thoreau Falls Trail. We skirted the eastern slope of Whitewall while trekking northward through open forest and some beautiful birch glades. Eventually we headed westward for a short climb up to the wide open ledges at the southern end of Whitewall.

Upon arriving at the ledges, the cloud cover was still lingering in most directions. However, the view southward toward Carrigain Notch was open for business, which was great! It was sort of like going to a candy store and discovering that they were sold out of everything except for your favorite treat!

So, below are just a few views you've all seen before from marvelous photos posted by others when viewing conditions were much brighter than those we experienced on this particular day.

Carrigain Notch (zoomed)

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Carrigain Notch (not zoomed)

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Notch & Birch

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Birch Glade Trekking

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The bushwhack portion of our trek took less than 2 hours (round trip). Our entire round trip journey took just over 6 hours at a leisurely pace. It was a near perfect length of time to spend enjoying the woods on a November day when daylight hours are so short.

1HappyHiker

Stets
11-22-2009, 10:25 AM
It looks like you made the most of the available daylight.


Nice bushwhack!


Thanks for showing us.

Snow Miser
11-22-2009, 12:37 PM
It still looks like you had a great bushwhack, despite less than optimal picture taking conditions. Thanks for sharing with us!

KD Talbot
11-22-2009, 03:19 PM
One of several in this area that I am interested in climbing. I'm always interested in reports from here. The pictures are just fine. Can't get enough of that view through the notch!

KDT

Anna LeBlanc
11-22-2009, 05:02 PM
Thanks again for the great TR and pictures John.Always look forward to your posts.:)

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Anna

1HappyHiker
11-23-2009, 06:04 AM
Doug, Bob, Kevin, Anna: Thank you for taking time to respond, and especially thank you for your very nice comments which are very much appreciated!