Sunday, October 03, 2004

Looking into Zealand from Sugarloaf. Posted by Hello

Kate and Jordan admire the view from Sugarloaf. Posted by Hello

Mt. Lafayette from Sunset Hill, not far from the Robert Frost homestead. Frost enjoyed magnificent views of Franconia Ridge from his front porch. Posted by Hello

A huge boulder deposited during the last ice age close to the beginning of the Sugarloaf trail. Posted by Hello

Again from Sugarloaf. Posted by Hello

From Sugarloaf with Mt. Washington in the distant background. Posted by Hello

From Mt. Sugarloaf, a low peak with a big view.  Posted by Hello

Just below Mt. Flume is the southern terminus of the Franconia Ridge trail. 5.5 miles back to the car from here. Posted by Hello

Leaving Mt. Flume, Kate and Jordan hike ahead.  Posted by Hello

On the summit of Mt. Flume with Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Lafayette in the background. Posted by Hello

About a hour below the summit we face the Pemigewasset Wilderness Posted by Hello

Very early in our hike to Mt. Flume (on the Wilderness trail) a moose greets us. Posted by Hello

Mt. Flume October 1, 2004

Up in the mountains for a quick fall weekend we decide to climb Mt. Flume from the backside approach, via the Wilderness and Osseo trails. The Wilderness trail was uncharacteristically empty of hikers and we were rewarded with an up close encounter with a moose. Indeed we did not encounter another hiker until we were about to leave the summit. The day was beautiful, in the low 70s in the valley and very mild and still at the summit. The fall colors were just beginning to really show themselves. Two days later when we climbed Mt. Sugarloaf the colors were in full bloom.

Distance 11.2 miles; Climb: 3150 ft; Elevation: 4328 ft.