Moriah via Carter Moriah Trail from Bangor Road. The trails are in fine shape, with no visitors since last weekend, until today. 1-2" of new snow with a fine crust and then a dusting on top of that. I wore my snowshoes from the car to the summit and back to the hardwoods (below the lowest slab) and bare-booted the rest of the way. Round-trip time was about 5 hours (trails are in fine shape. Did I mention the trails are fast right now?)
For a day that couldn't make up its mind on weather, it turned out spectacular. Franconia Notch had a cloud or two, as did a few other peaks, but the Presidential Range was wide open, save for a beauty of a lenticular cloud. I was not expecting such beautiful views today, but was delighted to have them.
First views from the lowest slab
Several hundred feet higher
Nearing the "summit" of Mount Surprise
Presidential Range and lenticular cloud from Moriah's summit
A few clouds cling to the summits on the way down.