I got out with my younger son this week! We explored the Mount Meader Trail out of Evans Notch. The trail itself was not the most spectacular one I’ve ever been on, but I think I may have enjoyed it much much more if it hadn’t been for the incredible heat wave that was coming through! We got going 9am or so and the first few miles were with only a slight upgrade.
We passed a sign describing the timber operations of the White Mountain National Forest and we noted a nearby brook that had some nice although very little swimming holes. Anyways we already suspected the heat was going to become outrageous and noted the spot to jump in on on the way down! Soon enough we passed the side trail to Brickett Falls. Again not the most spectacular but it would make a really really nice short hike with kids and does have a number of small pools little ones could get in and get wet in!
The trail started going up a bit more, all along through hard wood forests, but it wasn’t until the last mile of the trail that we really got going. The last water source was left behind and suddenly we were traversing a steep slope on switchbacks. Switchback #1 was a long gradual one, making you not disdain the elevation gain. With each progressive switchback however, they became steeper and steeper until finally they just gave up and went right up the steep rocky slope. We began to feel breezes which were as warm as the air but were still welcome.
The trees began to change to evergreens. And then suddenly we popped out on the summit of the ledgy ridge! Now the trail turned really really nice and it is here that we could have spent a long time lollygagging, except that we honestly couldn’t stand the heat in the sun! No clue what the temperature was but we do know that it was 88 degrees F back at our house in the shade at 6pm later that night! Perspiration was to be had everywhere! We had some nice little scrambles on the ledges interspersed with short cooler dips into the trees. We also began to get views…north towards the Basin and south towards the Baldface Range. Beautiful and Wild!!!
We came to the trail junction with the Basin Rim Trail and weren’t sure if it was the top or not. I don’t think it was, but we stopped here as it was a nice spot. We found the tiniest little spot of shade and huddled in it…felt rather funny to be honest with you! But that’s part of hiking is figuring out how to handle the challenges nature decides to throw at you on any given day! We ate lunch and made good time heading back down and sure enough, we bee lined straight to that little swimming hole by the sign and got good and wet!!!
For generalized trail conditions, do know that the water looked low, so I wouldn’t count on any
intermittent or unreliable springs in the book. The colors are just barely starting to change so we are not up to foliage hikes yet, but they are coming!!!
If interested in this hike, I do recommend a cooler day, but you can find the hike in the AMC White Mountain Guide under the Mount Meader Trail and also on AMC Map #5 for the Carter Range/Evans Notch.
As always you can check AMC conditions for the latest report and/or call us here at Pinkham to see what we’re seeing out our windows and for the best trail advice we can give you!
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