4000 Footer DATE: 08/12/2023 - 08/12/2023
Trip/Event Location: Sandwich, NH
Trip Leader(s): Bobcat
Max # People: 15
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Strenuous
About the Hike:
This hike is about 8 miles long with a total elevation gain of about 2800 ft. It is one of the NH “Terrifying 25”! We will hike at a moderate pace with plenty
Trailhead and parking area are on Ferncroft Road in Albany, NH. Ferncroft Road leaves Rt. 113A at a sharp curve in the road, 6.7 miles north of its western junction with Rt. 113 and 6.5 miles north of its eastern junction with Rt. 113. The large dirt parking area is half a mile down Ferncroft Road, on the right.
Whether your goal is to hike one a year or all 48 in a season, summiting the 48 4,000-foot mountains in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) has become a bucket list item for hikers of all ages. Created in 1957, this list encourages hikers to explore some of the less known and more remote places in the WMNF. Once you hike all 48, you can apply to join AMC’s 4,000-Footer Club. If you plan to hike one or all of the New Hampshire 48, it’s important to first make a plan and remember that this achievement takes time and patience, and is absolutely worth the reward.
Finishing this list is a personal journey that can take one year or a life time. Bob took the long meandering approach of banging of peaks throughout the years. His partner John logs all their hikes and realized Bob was in striking distance of the GOAL. Bob got FIRED UP this year with an extra dose of determination, grit and enthusiasm to achieve this epic hiking mile stone!
On this fateful epic day an enthusiastic group of Gay Outdoors hiking buddies gathered at 8am Saturday morning at the trailhead for Whiteface. Our group got noticed by other hikers in the parking lot. We were unusually loud, happy and glad to all be sharing this great day with Bob. The other hikers arriving took some pics of us and congradulated Bob as well.
The hike up the Blueberry Ledges went like clock work as this seasoned gnarly group of guys was motivated to get to the top. With pumping hearts and cardio systems on overload we powered thru endless rock stair cases, steep pitches and finally to the granite ledges. Beads of sweat glistened our faces with smiling positive attitudes powering us opward.
At 11:55 am our good friend Bob made it the summit cairn! We all hollored, clapped and congradulated him. It took 48 years to knock off all 48 summits. Years of gazing upon epic beauty, endless vistas, golden sunrises, purple majesty of memorable sunsets and wonderful bonds of friendship made. Working on this list changes your life so positively in a physical and spiritual way.
After the hike we made our way to Sugarhill. Bob's partner John stayed home to get their place ready for a wonderfrul dinner on the deck with views of his beautiful gardens, plants and willows gracing the sides of the pond with mountains in the distance. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day!!
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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event
Ricardo Aug 19, 2023 at 12:24 AM
Comment: Congrats Bob ?????!! Great achievement!!
Carl_B Aug 18, 2023 at 10:18 PM
Comment: Congrats again, Bob! What a great weekend.