Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My 26th (Mount Carrigain) 4,000 footer!

The end-of-July hike (Mount Willey, Mount Field, and Mount Tom) are grouped together in Crawford Notch State Park in the "middle group" (in the far-right green circle).
8 previous hikes (counterclockwise from "the Three") have been:
Mount Hale is the middle-upper green circle
the pair to the west of Mount Hale are North Twin and South Twin
the pair to the west of the Twins are Mount Garfield and Galehead Mtn
the vertical pair are Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette
across Franconia Notch is Cannon Mountain (the far-left green circle)
North Kinsman and South Kinsman are the far-far-left green circle
back across Franconia Notch are Mount Flume and Mount Liberty (in the lower green circle)
the lowest circle contains Mount Hancock and South Hancock
while today's hike (Mount Carrigain) is in the red square:

Go up 95 from Manchester-by-the-Sea, then up 16 to North Conway, then west on 302, then left (west) on Sawyer River Road for 2 miles

Using Map My Walk, I went up Signal Ridge Trail (1.7+3.3 = 5.0 miles) to get to the Mt Carrigain summit (4700 ft). I then went down the back (north) side of the mountain, down Desolation Trail for 1.9 miles (there must be a GREAT story behind that name!), then east 0.8 miles along Carrigain Notch Trail. At the Nancy Pond Trail intersection, take, Carrigain Notch Trail south for 4.1 miles back to Signal Ridge Trail, then 1.7 miles back to my car. With twists and turns and overlooks, I covered 14.6 miles in 5 hours 50 minutes. I covered about 6,600 feet in climbing elevation (3300 up and back down):

It was a BEAUTIFUL day in New Hampshire, with temperatures in the mid-60s

It being a "work day", I was surprised by the number of cars in the parking lot

Signal Ridge Trail begins right on the other side of the road from the parking lot

For the first few miles the trail is pretty easy

And goes by/alongside a lovely stream (Whiteface Brook)

Since it is 5 miles to the summit, there are some parts of the trail that are "difficult"

It is all about figuring out where to put your next step - a slow process

Once you hit the ridge to the summit, the view is pretty cool

Across Carrigain Notch, that is Mt Lowell with the scars and landslides. There are no trails to the top - bushwacking is the only way up (and down).

The firetower at the top of Mount Carrigain

My selfie on Mount Carrigain

The view north from the Observation Deck

and the view south from the Observation Deck. That white line is Signal Ridge Trail, running along the ridge

Down from the summit, I remembered that I wanted a picture of my (old pair of) hiking boots. Sierra Magazine has a contest: Post a cool picture of your favorite tattered-but-not-ready-to-be-tossed adventure gear and you could win a trip for two to Canyonlands National Park:

The view going down Desolation Trail

and looking straight down that trail

and turning around to look back up Desolation Trail

The trail got easier

and crossed a tributary of the Carrigain Branch of (eventually) the East Branch Pemigewasset River

From there it is 6.6 miles back to the parking lot, but it is all pretty level

There was a beautiful quiet bog/meadow

and then back down alongside Whiteface Brook

and that's all for today! Thank you God for a Great Day!

I believe that I have learned how to post my hike in Google Earth format! Click here to download the kml file

If this is successful, I will post the other hikes tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (left at 7 AM, home at 8 PM)
168 miles -- Manchester-by-the-Sea to 95 North, then up 16 to North Conway, then west on 302, then left (west) on Sawyer River Road for 2 miles (3 1/2 hours)
14.6 miles -- hiking (5 hours 50 minutes)
3 hours -- to get home

Continuing to listen to all my songs, in alphabetical order. I listened to 91 songs, in the F's
Fields Of Gold Sting Ten Summoner's Tales
The Fields, The Sky [Live] Pat Metheny Group Travels (live) (2 cds)
Fifteen Taylor Swift Fearless
Fifty Dollar Love Affair Joe Jackson Big World
Fill This House Maeve Mothers Of Grace Club
Filled With Glory Michael Gungor 51 Must Have Modern Worship Hits
The Final Bell Bill Conti Rocky
Final Showdown Maya Rudolph & Rupert Everett Shrek The Third
Final Theme Bob Dylan Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid
Finale Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Ensemble Wicked- Original Broadway Cast Recording
Finale Yngwie J. Malmsteen G3 Live Rockin' In The Free World [Disc 1]
Finale (Live) Mose Allison The Mose Chronicles Vol. 1
Finale: The Sweetest Sounds (reprise) Richard Kiley & Diahann Carroll No Strings - Original Broadway Cast
Finally Ce Ce Peniston NOW That's What I Call Dance Classics
Finally (Danny Tenaglia's Return To Paradise Mix) Kings Of Tomorrow Hed Kandi - Base Ibiza
Finally [12" Choice Mix] Ce Ce Peniston 15 Years [Disc 1]
Find My Baby Moby Play
Find The Cost Of Freedom Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 4 Way Street (2 cds)
Find The River R.E.M. Automatic For The People
Finding & Believing Pat Metheny Secret Story (2 cds)
Finding Her Boz Scaggs Boz Scaggs
Fine [Whitney Houston] Whitney Houston Whitney - The Greatest Hits [Disc 2] Throw Down
Fine Line Little Big Town A Place To Land
A Fine Romance Billie Holiday Too Marvelous - A Collection Of Jazz Classics
Finest Worksong R.E.M. Document
Finger Poppin' Time Hank Ballard & The Midnighters Loud, Fast & Out Of Control: Wild 50's Rock [Disc 1]
Fingerdance Billy McLaughlin Narada Guitar (2 cds)
Fingernail Moon Annie Lennox Songs Of Mass Destruction
Fingerprint File The Rolling Stones It's Only Rock 'N Roll
Finish Line The Crystal Method Drive
The Finish Line Snow Patrol Eyes Open
Finish What Ya Started Van Halen Right Here, Right Now [Live] (2 cds)
Fins Jimmy Buffett Feeding Frenzy [Live]
Fins Jimmy Buffett Tuesdays, Thursdays And Saturdays (Live)
Fio Maravilha Toquinho/Jorge Ben Beleza Tropical: Brazil Classics 1
Fire Augustana Can't Love, Can't Hurt
Fire Bruce Springsteen The Promise (2 cds)
Fire Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live 1975-85 (3 cds)
Fire Jimi Hendrix Hendrix In The West [Live]
Fire The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced?
Fire And Rain James Taylor Live - James Taylor (2 cds)
Fire And Rain James Taylor One Man Band
Fire And Rain James Taylor Sweet Baby James
Fire And Rain [Live] James Taylor The Concert For New York City [Disc 2]
Fire Burning Sean Kingston NOW That's What I Call Club Hits
Fire In My Soul Maeve Whatever Befall
Fire Of Love Gabriela Anders Wanting
Fire on the Mountain Grateful Dead New Year's Eves At Winterland
Fire On The Mountain Grateful Dead Shakedown Street
Fire On The Mountain The Marshall Tucker Band Anthology: The First 30 Years
Fire To Your Plain Tori Amos Abnormally Attracted To Sin
Fire Walk With Me ("Twin Peaks" Theme) Angelo Badalamenti Pure Moods
Firebird Fly Little Big Town A Place To Land
Fireflies Owl City NOW 33
Firefly [Main Title] Sonny Rhodes Firefly
Fireplace R.E.M. Document
The Fireplace Poker Drive-By Truckers Go-Go Boots
Firework Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Firework Katy Perry 2012 Grammy Nominees
Firmly I Believe & Truly Richard Marlow: Choir Of Trinity College Cambridge A Vaughan Williams Hymnal
First Air Of Autumn Drive-By Truckers English Oceans
First Circle Pat Metheny The Road To You (Live)
The First Circle Pat Metheny Group First Circle
First Cool Hive Moby Songs 1993-1998
First Date Bill Conti Rocky
First Day Of My Life Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake It's Morning
First I Look At The Purse J. Geils Band The J. Geils Band
First I Look At The Purse J. Geils Band Live Full House
First I Look At The Purse [Live] J. Geils Band Anthology: Houseparty [2 cds]
First Kiss David Arkenstone 20 Years of Narada Piano [Disc 2]
First Light Michael Whalen 20 Years of Narada Piano [Disc 2]
First Love Poco Pickin' Up The Pieces
First Movement (Symphony No. 5) Ludwig Van Beethoven 40 Most Beautiful Classical Anthems (Disc 1)
The First Neighbor Baxter In The Morning The Prez
First Night Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes This Time It's For Real
The First Noel Lori Line Lorie Line Holiday Piano Collection
First Of May Bee Gees Best Of The Bee Gees
First Of May James Taylor Never Die Young
First Song Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny Beyond The Missouri Sky (Short Stories)
The First Time U2 The Million Dollar Hotel
The First Time (Reprise) Daniel Lanois & The MDH Band The Million Dollar Hotel
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Cyrus Chestnut Genuine Chestnut
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Roberta Flack Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 Disc 7
First Time Love Livingston Taylor The Best Of Livingston Taylor: 20th Century Masters - The Millenium Collection
First Time Love Livingston Taylor Carolina Day: The Livingston Taylor Collection (1970 - 1980)
First We Take Manhattan R.E.M. I'm Your Fan
Firth Of Fifth [Excerpt] [Live] Genesis Live Over Europe 2007 (2 cds)
Fish Out Of Water Tears For Fears Elemental
The Fisherman Leo Kottke My Feet Are Smiling
Fisherman's Blues The Waterboys The Best Of The Waterboys '81-'90
Fisherman's Blues The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues

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