Moosilauke Goes to the Dogs - 10-9-10
Day two of our Columbus Weekend stay in the Whites promised to be a perfect day. After arriving on Friday we got a couple of invitations to join the VFTT dog hike on Moosilauke on Saturday and we jumped at the chance to meet some of the familiar faces from the forums and spend a great day on a great mountain with the dogs.
We had done Moosilauke for the first time early last November on a sunny, blue, warm and windless day. (I know, not the usual fall conditions - or even summer for that matter). We did that on by Gorge Brook and this one was up the Benton Trail so while it was the same mountain it was a really different (and really nice) hike. Several people asked us about our choice to pass up another checkmark or two on our 4k list for this hike. One thing for sure, I'll never trade a great day in the mountains with good friends for a checkmark!
Since Kevin already posted such a great account of the day I don't need to repeat that part (see the Dog-i-lauke TR). I'll just say that this was a great day with great folks and a perfect way to spend an amazing fall day. I will add my version of the images of the hike to complement the excellent ones Kevin already provided.
The drive up through Crawford Notch, Bethlehem and down through Franconia was beautiful on Saturday morning (as well as on the way back in the afternoon). No leaf peeper traffic and some really spectacular sights. We knew that this was going to be a good day when we saw our first moose shortly after leaving the hotel in Crawford Notch. Pretty amazing that we haven't seen one before now with all the time we've spent in ME and NH over the years. Good omen for things ahead.
Morning light in Crawford Notch
One of the locals...
The dogs are getting warmed up
Nat and Val pushing through the wind to the summit
Behold, the power of cheese!
Beautiful views breaking in Tunnel Ravine on the way down
Already planning the next hikes
Hidden gem along Rt 16 in Franconia on the way back
Lots more pictures here: http://picasaweb.google.com/mtruman4...eDogHike10910#
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Awesome. Wonderful pictures...great moose!
Moosilauke is probably my favorite mountain. I'm a big fan of ascending via the carriage road, especially in the Alpine portion. Something about being able to see the summit from so far away gives you such an anticipation to get there, especially if the westerly winds have kicked up.
Looks like you guys had some need rime ice too.
Great pictures Mark!It looks like everyone had a fantastic time.The one time we did The Moose it was socked in with fog at the summit.Couldn't see a thing.Maybe next time.Thanks again.
Another winner hike! It must have been exciting to finally see your first moose; but as you said surprising that you had never come upon one before. I would agree that hiking with a great group of hikers is better than bagging another 4000 footer any day. Hiking can be quite interesting in October when the mountains swing from fall to winter conditions at any time. Terrific photo of the "hidden gem in Franconia". Do you know the name of the pond?
Thanks for the comments everyone.
Karl - I definitely agree about the summit ridge on Moosilauke. Best part is that you get the same feel from all the approaches. Love it up there! And it was definitely some great rime (with more forming by the second).
Anna - We had no summit views on Saturday either. We definitely had them last November. If you haven't seem them you have to go back till you do. Amazing! Wish you guys and Nigel could have joined us for this one.
Donna - we're clearly of the same mind on many things As for the pond I believe it's Coffin Pond which is just north of Sugar Hill Rd on 116 at the intersection of Streeter Pond Rd (based on it being the only one on the map that seems to be about the right size in this general location). The whole drive up and back from the Moosilauke trailhead on 112 up Rt 116 and across Rt 302 was just beautiful (and better yet had no traffic). I really love that area.
View of Coffin Pond
Mark, here's a aerial view of Coffin Pond.
We will have to check it out the week of 10/24.