You think I would have noticed your report on North and South Kinsman.
We experienced some of that ice and snow up on Hale that weekend.
Hi Doug (or anyone else who may be able to answer this question),
I was wondering how the trailhead parking and even the road to the trailhead is, this time of year? It looks like it is in Slippery Brook Road, which says "closed in the winter time" on my map...
I was hoping to hike the Mountain Pond Loop on Friday this week (Dec. 10). Should I plan something else out? Will I see a giant barrier if I drive down this way?
Originally Posted by KSearl
They will plow Town Hall Road for about three miles from Route 16A.
After that the road could be closed at this point due to snow and ice. The road gets a lot of snowmoblie use. It would be another three to four miles to the trailhead.
There is around 1,000ft of vertical over the six plus miles on the road. It climbs steadily, but nothing like Hurricane Mountain Road.
You might also consider North Kearsarge in that area (lower Hurricane Mountain Rd). Could be icy on the trail but at least you can get to the trailhead.
South Moat could be another option.
Good luck and keep us posted.
Thanks Doug, I appreciate the information.
I'll be hiking with my pregnant wife, so I'm looking for something in the area that has minimal elevation so that the risk of slipping and falling downhill is minimized. I figured Mountain Pond Loop would have been perfect. I think I may try Cave Mountain up near the Crawford Notch. It has a bit of elevation, but doesn't look like much. We'll bring our Yak Traks to be safe.
Thanks again for the info. I'll be hitting up Mountain Pond Loop in the spring for sure.
Nice TR and pics Doug and Hunter. Somehow I missed this when you first posted it. Really good job of showing off the route and views around the pond.
The Mountain Pond loop could be tough for your pregnant wife anyway Karl. When we did it in the spring two years ago there were a number of very tight squeezes through the trees and bushes and a bunch of "step overs". The trail around the eastern side of the pond doesn't seem to get much use (other than by what looked like quite a number of moose) and isn't particularly well maintained. It's a lovely little hike though. There are a few spring pics of Mountain Pond at the end of this album: http://picasaweb.google.com/mtruman4...at=directlink#. I particularly like the views of the Baldfaces across the pond.
Ah, that's good to know. Thanks Mark! From the map it looks like a fairly level loop, so I figured it was an easy round-about the pond...you're right, I'm just looking for something without much elevation, not much to step over/squeeze through...you know, a nice "walk" in the woods...preferably good views, but not a must. I will post a new thread to ask for some suggestions...and stop hijacking this thread (sorry Doug)!
I agree with Mark, as The Mountain Pond Loop has its tricky sections even if the hike is on level terrain.
My hiking poles came in handy a few times while rock hopping.
Karl, there is no such thing as hijacking, just good info.
Thanks, and we are all learning and experiencing this stuff together.