I had a gorgeous hike this past Sunday in beautiful blue sky and fluffy clouds weather! The temperatures were warm, the air was humid and the BUGS WERE OUT!!! Black flies, houseflies, mosquitoes, and ticks…time for repellent if you use it!
I was in the lowland areas and down in the Sandwich Range, so you will not find quite so many biting things farther north and further up but the time is imminent!
I began in Ferncroft. Ferncroft is a parking lot at the end of a one way road in a hidden little valley outside of Tamworth NH. The valley itself is just a delight to visit…some really lucky family owns that farm there! Please be respectful of their requests concerning parking as they are allowing all of us to traipse over their personal property to get into the National Forest! The local trails club, the Wonalancet Club, has maintained for years a little network of shorter trails winding through old pastures and over hillsides.
I took a 5.5 mile route out the McCrillis Path to the border of the White Mtn. National Forest. This path begins from the Blueberry Ridge Trail up Whiteface Mountain and crosses over a lowland ridge. The forest was full of that wonderful smell of warm evergreen trees and I was secluded enough to come upon a moose and her cub! Retracing my steps on the McCrillis Path I turned right on Tilton Spring Path which brought me to a junction next to the Tilton Spring. Tilton Spring is an old cistern with a piped water source. It runs off into what is most likely old pasture land if the new trail name (Pasture Path) and stone walls are any indication! Pasture Path swung around back to the Blueberry Ridge Trail and I returned to my car.
My trail conditions were completely dry although I don’t think I topped out over 1500 feet.
Up here at Pinkham Notch things are still all over the board! The Lion’s Head Summer Route is open HOWEVER we are still recommending crampons and ice ax to safely negotiate it!!! We are sending more folks up Boott Spur although the reports are that below treeline there is still about a foot of snow on that route. Above treeline seems to be fairly open trail except for isolated patches that many people are finding able to be negotiated without snowshoes. The Tuckerman’s Ravine Trail is under its annual closure due to crevasses and undermined snow. You can still ascend to the Bowl to watch the skiers as long as you note the seasonal hazards and cautions! You can NOT ascend to the summit via the Tuckerman’s Ravine Trail.
Skiing is still going on. Be sure to check the current avalanche report for the most recent conditions!
As always you can check AMC conditions for the latest report from the snow stakes 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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