BLACK POND: 10/22/10
The easy 7-mile round trip from the Lincoln Woods parking area to Black Pond on the edge of the Pemigewasset Wilderness is a nice morning leg-stretcher with ample scenic rewards.
There was a dusting of snow on the suspension bridge over the East Branch at the start of the Lincoln Woods Trail.
The view upstream from the bridge towards a low spur of North Hitchcock.
Late fall is a fine time for a stroll at Lincoln Woods. This trail causes a lot of griping from hikers completing long hikes in the Pemi - I've done that often enough myself - but taken on its own merits, it provides very pleasant and easy walking into beautiful country.
The Camp 8 clearing, just past the Osseo Trail junction. This logging camp on the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad was in use for many years.
Someone had placed a sled runner on display at the edge of the clearing.
From the river's edge, a peek at snow-dusted West Bond in the distance.
A remnant piece of rail alongside the trail.
At this spot there is a classic view of Bondcliff and its sharp southern spur, looking upstream. The 3.2 mi. round trip to here is a rewarding short & easy walk.
The long straightaway beyond the viewpoint.
For a short distance Birch Island Brook runs alongside the trail.
At 2.6 mi., the Black Pond Trail junction.
Another logging camp site here.
A bent and rusted bedframe.
The Black Pond Trail skirts the meadow that was once the Ice Pond, the ice from which was used to supply refrigeration for the logging camps.
A beaver swamp just past the Ice Pond.
The Black Pond Trail cuts through yet another logging camp site.
A pretty stretch of Birch Island Brook behind the camp.
Wandering around a bit off the trail, I passed through this open hardwood glade.
Approaching Black Pond, the trail passes this view of the sharp southern peak of Owl's Head.
A look at the cliffs on the SE spur of Owl's Head.
A golden tamarack on the shore of Black Pond.
From trail's end, a view across the dark water to Bondcliff and its spur.
Shoreside rocks provide seats from which to savor the tranquility.
Nearing the suspension bridge on the way out, I saw that Forest Service rangers had installed a new sign at the start of the trail while I was on my walk. Nice!