Elevation: 3,442 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,550 feet
Distance: 3.6 miles
Time: 3.5 hours
A week ago, my brother Gary and I were able to leave the busy Philadelphia area and spend a couple of beautiful snowy days in The Whites. We have hiked together on various trails up here before, but because he has never snowshoed, we chose a relatively easy summit for this trip. From the Highland Center parking lot that was almost full, we took the Avalon Trail and the spur path to the summit.
Gary begins his first snowshoe hike.
The trail was fairly packed out which made it easy to move along. It was nice to be in all the snow, because in Philly, we haven't had much at all to speak of this year.
At about a mile an a half or so, we reached what I believe was the spur trail.
Almost to the summit. We were loving what little views there were.
As most hikers in The Whites know, the gray jays are very friendly and will usually eat tidbits of food right from ones hand. We were lucky to have one greet us on this trip just as we began to eat lunch.
Gary got a chance to feed this hungry little guy.
Then I got a chance. This particular one hung around the entire half hour we were there.
He even found it comforting to sit on my mittens and watch us eat.
Then it was one last view of the snow covered trees before heading back down. It was a nice day to be out for a hike, and an even nicer day to spend lunch with some wildlife.
If you would like to see a small gallery of photos, they can be found HERE.