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1HappyHiker
05-04-2010, 09:32 PM
I knew that I only had about a half-day to hike today before the rain hit. So, it seemed only appropriate to take the Nancy Pond Trail for about 0.3 mile and then bushwhack about half-way up the Halfway Brook!:rolleyes:.

What attracted me to whacking up the Halfway Brook were tightly compacted contour lines on the topographic map about half-way up this brook. This indicated to me that there might be a waterfall in this area. I'm not patting myself on the back, but my hunch paid off. There is indeed an impressive waterfall at this location!

The photos below show some snapshots of this picturesque waterfall. They were taken from slightly different vantage points. The falls are huge, and I was unable to find a single vantage point to capture it in its entirety.


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In addition to the huge waterfall shown in the two snapshots above, there were other smaller falls at other points along the brook (such as the one shown below).


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Painted trilliums were the only wildflowers that were seen on this trek. Everyone knows what they look like, but nonetheless, here's a photo of one that was seen en route to the waterfalls on Halfway Brook.


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This was a very easy and pleasant whack through open hardwoods. It was also a short trek (less than a mile off-trail), which turned out to be a good thing. The weather folks were "spot on" with their forecast (for once!;)). It was supposed to start raining around noon in the Bartlett area, and sure enough it did! Fortunately, I was only about 10 minutes from the car when the rain hit.

1HappyHiker

Snow Miser
05-05-2010, 04:36 PM
Very nice waterfalls John. It's amazing how half a day's hike and a short bushwhack can reveal such beauty in the woods. Thanks for bringing us there.:)

Anna LeBlanc
05-05-2010, 05:30 PM
Thanks for more beautiful pictures John.Your TR's always bring a smile to my face and anticipation to my feet(WHERE ARE MY HIKING SHOES????)

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Anna

KSearl
05-05-2010, 07:39 PM
I'm telling you, I love this bushwhacking stuff. The things you discover amaze me. When do you think the last time someone set eyes on that falls was? It's so interesting to me.

As for the Trillium, I've only seen the purple ones, or so I've only noticed (I just picked up an appreciation in wildflowers this year, never noticed them really before), so the Trillium you have below is a new one for me. Can't wait to see one.

Thanks for sharing this awesome find and photos.

1HappyHiker
05-06-2010, 03:25 PM
Bob; Anna; Karl: Thank you for your very kind responses . . . very much appreciated!

That huge waterfall was pretty impressive. I tried to get a snapshot from the top looking down the falls. However, I couldn't find a spot to do this where I felt safe.
One misstep and I definitely would not have been 1HappyHiker!:eek:
Below is the best shot from the top that I could get. Admittedly, it's difficult to get any true perspective from this photo.


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krummholz
05-06-2010, 10:25 PM
You did half x half x half? Seems to me you only did one-eighth of a hike!;)

Any idea why it's called Halfway Brook? It starts more than halfway up Duck Pond Mt.... it's not halfway between Nancy Brook and Sawyer River... I'm puzzled!

KD Talbot
05-07-2010, 10:24 AM
Another great report on a seldom visited area. I so look forward to your treasure finding reports!

KDT

1HappyHiker
05-07-2010, 09:31 PM
You did half x half x half? Seems to me you only did one-eighth of a hike!;)

Any idea why it's called Halfway Brook? It starts more than halfway up Duck Pond Mt.... it's not halfway between Nancy Brook and Sawyer River... I'm puzzled!
Hmmm! Maybe if I added the "halves" rather than multiplied them, then I would have done one and a half hikes?:confused::rolleyes:

Regarding the derivation of the name "Halfway Brook", I really have no idea. I have done a wee bit of research but came up with nothing. The only thing I can think of is that perhaps it had something to do with the old railroad route. I've not measured it out, but just "eyeballing it", it sort of looks like that particular brook might be about halfway between Glen, NH and the Crawford Station (near the Highland Center). That is really a "far out" guess!!
Maybe it's another one of those "math puzzles" such as the "half x half x half" situation that you presented above?:)

Another great report on a seldom visited area. I so look forward to your treasure finding reports!
Thanks Kevin! I look forward to doing my "treasure finding" expeditions, and so it's great to hear that folks like you get some pleasure from reading about them.