52 With A View DATE: 10/02/2021 - 10/02/2021
Trip/Event Location: Waterville Valley, NH
Max # People: 10
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous
The weather forecast continues to deriorate and no matter what we do tomorrow, we will be hiking in the rain. The further south we go, the less time we may be hiking in the rain since it won't be...
The Castle Trail begins at Bowman on US 3, 3 miles west of the Appalachia parking area and 4.2 miles east of the junction of US 2 and NH 115. We are driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck.
Super Sandwich Saturday! Misty Mountain Hop! It was nice to have company because this hike was absolutely amazing. It didn't rain until we were coming down Sandwich Dome and was in shorts/tee shirt all day with mild temps/winds.
The crossing across Drakes Brook was a bit difficult and poles helped. The outlook off Noon Peak were cut by heavy, high clouds but we still managed to see the Tripyramids and Osceola’s East Peak! We then followed the curving ridge covered with beautiful mosses, softening all the hard edges. But wow, the moss. The mountain almost became a Dr. Seuss illustration, and would have done so if someone had come along with buckets of paint in bright colors! Especially at one of the ledges that felt like someone had come by to create this beautiful architectural garden.
Felt like most of the elevation was out of the way before reaching the spur trail to Jennings Peak. The traverse between Jennings Peak and Sandwich Dome is a pleasant stretch of trail, beautiful wilderness woods, moderate grades and decent footing. After the junction of Smarts Brook Trail we went into the clouds and moody skies.
Passed a MeetUp group of about 7 descending as we neared the summit. We had the summit all to ourselves. We descended the way we came up but my knee was telling me we should had gone down Drake’s Brook that was less rocky and better even though a bit longer.
Cold beers were consumed back at our house by the fireplace as we looked back at Sandwich Dome from our deck as the universe smiled upon us!
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