MOUNT PEMIGEWASSET: 5/11/12
Went for a hike up an old local standby, and threw in a bushwhack twist to see some views of the Franconia Range that are no longer available from the summit due to tree growth.
The Mount Pemigewasset Trail starts off the Franconia Notch bike path at this sign.
After going through three road underpasses, it climbs into the woods over steps recently installed by the dedicated crew from Trailwrights, who have done a lot of good erosion control work on this trail over the last few years.
Spring was unfurling in the hardwood forest.
Fresh spring greens and a tumbling brook.
Still a few red trilliums in bloom.
Large boulder beside the trail.
Emerging on the summit ledges on a chilly, gray and breezy late morning, temp in the 40s.
Looking at the great SE spur of South Kinsman. Very wild and remote area out there. I know of one couple and one solo hiker who have bushwhacked up this long and thickly wooded ridge all the way to the summit of South Kinsman, an epic undertaking.
The long sloping profile of Mt. Wolf, the first peak I ever climbed in the Whites, back in the early 70s.
A snow-frosted Mt. Moosilauke through the col between Wolf and its spur, the "Wolf Cub."
Looking down the Pemigewasset River valley and I-93.
Bog Eddy, a large swampy area on the high plateau south of Mt. Pemi.
Looking down from the prow of the Indian Head cliff.
The SE view: the Osceolas, Scar Ridge, Loon, Tecumseh.
The view of the Franconia Range from the ledges around the corner is mostly grown up, but you can still see Flume and Liberty.
The climb up to the ledge was fairly steep but the woods were open.
From this spot I could see the sweep of the Franconia Range from Liberty to Lafayette.
A zoom on the big three: Lafayette, Lincoln, Little Haystack.
Fine view up the Flume Brook valley to Flume and Liberty. At the bottom right of the picture you can see the open slabs on Flume Brook below The Flume.
After descending from the ledge, I whacked back across to the trail through fine open hardwoods.
Along the way I passed this big old yellow birch.
A trout lily with a windswept look.
Heading back down the sunlit trail.
A small cascade on one of the several small brooks that parallel the trail. Another good day in the mountains.