View Full Version : Full Moon Overnight on Dickey Mountain 6/26-27/10

KD Talbot
06-28-2010, 04:19 PM
Sunset from our roost

Dickey Mountain 2734' and Welch Mountain 2605'

5 +/- Miles 1800' Elevation gain

Welch/Dickey Loop Trail

Kevin, Judy and Emma

We have long maintained that some of the best hikes in the Whites do not require long, grueling hikes to remote peaks. Although some like this are overly crowded on weekends with hikers of all ages and abilities, if we choose our visiting hours carefully, we can have just as rewarding "wilderness experience" as the long, deep into the woods backpacking trips we have made. On a night such as this the quality of the experience far outweighs the fact that we didn't have to kill ourselves to have a great overnight, even if it was only a couple of miles from civilization.

Trip leader

All things lined up for a perfect evening to spend on a mountaintop. I could bemoan the fact that there wasn't much color for sunset or that as far as photography goes the sunrise was a dud, but I really don't consider those factors. The entire experience is what I try to take into consideration. The weather was cool enough so the hike up wasn't a sweatfest. There was just enough breeze to keep the bugs at bay, but not enough to need a jacket. Overnight the there was little to no wind which made the summit beautifully quiet for a good night's rest. The sunset was nice, the moonrise was nicer and experiencing them simultaneously is always a special treat. Add being serenaded by coyotes as the moon crested the horizon, and I guess I'd have to call the experience complete.


I stayed up as late as I could watching moon-shadows cross the bald summit and listening for more coyotes. Emma stood guard, ever alert and aware of the fact we were in the coyote's playground. I surmised that on a full moon night they had descended to the valley to enjoy the smorgasboard among the campgrounds and neighborhoods of Waterville. Beautiful cloud patterns were wonderfully backlit as they crossed the moon. Every care of life seemed to fade into the shadows, if only for one night.

Around Midnight

Dawn brought the song of killoweet like an alarm clock just above our heads. Unlike the rest of our lives this alarm brought no groaning, no rolling over and hitting the snooze button. Killoweet was up to celebrate the morning sun, the dawning of a new day full of endless possibilities. His song lifts all care from our shoulders as we break our fast with Twining's Earl Grey and Drake's coffee cakes. Life is good! Emma eats enough to sustain our pack of coyotes for a week. Reluctantly we pack up and begin our descent, passing dozens of poor souls who may never know the beauty of a night under a full moon spent on a peaceful mountaintop.

Our alarm clock White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis

Full set of pictures here: (http://ghostflowers.smugmug.com/White-Mountain-Hikes/DickeyWelch-626-2710/12705054_MhnxV#914292305_FHpFi)


06-28-2010, 07:23 PM
Beautiful! The "Around Midnight" photo is just magical! It just goes to show that it's worth a little extra effort to experience and pay attention to these marvellous things that are constantly flowing around us.

06-28-2010, 07:34 PM
I agree the "around midnight" shot is just awesome. Thanks for sharing

Snow Miser
06-28-2010, 08:04 PM
Great photos! Being out in the mountains at night, whether hiking or camping, is the best. And it's good to see that Emma was guarding the campsite from the coyotes.:D

06-28-2010, 09:27 PM
Kevin, I want to add my accolades for your photo entitled "Around Midnight". It seems to me that it could almost be labeled as "Halloween in June".
It just seems to have that Halloween feel to it! All that is missing is a witch on a broom silhouetted against the moon.:D

Jimmy Legs and Little d
06-30-2010, 02:57 PM

You have a wonderful manner of portraying the senses atop the mountain. Around Midnight is an exceptional photo.