Trip report

Lowe's Bald Spot

Hiking/Walk DATE: 07/17/2010 - 07/17/2010

Trip/Event Location: Pinkham Notch, NH

Trip Leader(s):

Max # People: 12

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Our meeting location is at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center (PNVC). This Visitor center is 5 mins south of Wildcat Ski Area. It is 20 mins north of the Route 302 and 16 Jct. in Glen (also home to Storyland).  Meeting time is 10 am.  We will gather at the four (4) picnic tables located on the front lawn area. Bathrooms are located through out the complex area.


I have lived in these mountains all my life. My directions are not the best. When in doubt GOOGLE!

To reach PNVC from southern points.  

From BOSTON - To reach Glen NH with the least traffic, it recommended you travel 93 to exit 32 (Lincoln). Take route 112 east (AKA the Kancamagus Highway). Approximately 2/3 across take BEAR NOTCH ROAD to Bartlett NH. At the end (intersection) turn right – east on route 302. First and only lights is the jct of route 16, turn left  - approximately 15 miles is PNVC.


From Seacoast – Route 16 ALL THE WAY. Some side roads will help with he avoidance of Traffic in North Conway.  Basiclly remain on Route 16 all the way to PNVC.

Trip Report/Photos

I had a good time.  JT led us up to Lowe's Bald Spot, crossing the Auto Road (I was tempted to relieve some vehicles of their tire air pressure).  It was a hot day but we had a good breeze as we neared the top.  Seemed the group became two with 4 of the nine trekking at a good clip, while the other five (myself included) kept a slower pace.  Upon returning to JT's place, five of us ventured a couple hundred yards behind his house to an abandoned reservoir which used to supply the town of North Conway with water.  After a brief assessment, I dove in.  The others followed closely.  About 12 inches below the surface it was really chilly but very refreshing.

After a tasty potluck/cookout and a jaunt to Cold Stone Creamery, I settled in my tent in JT's backyard.  I heard thunder rumbling in the distance.  About 20 minutes later a nice summer thunderstorm passed over.  I was glad I had tightened the fly and staked the tent.  One gust nearly flattened my tent but it rebounded nicely.  Pretty heavy rain for about 20 minutes gave me a good test for next weeks three nights in Acadia Nat'l Park where my partner and I will camp.

Thanks JT for a really good time.  I left at about 7:00 a.m., stopped at a diner in Plymouth for breakfast, got home in time to set my tent out in the sun to dry, and had time for a short nap before a mens support group which I led at 3:00.  I look forward to a report from the second day of hiking.  sAm 

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