What a week of warm, golden October days! Ideal weather for doing some trail work and enjoying some late foliage.
One day Mark Klim and I did the fall maintenance on the west half of the UNH Trail on Hedgehog Mountain, one of my adopted trails. This is one of the longer of the three dozen drainages on this section. Thanks to Mark for his hard work!
View of Albany Intervale from Allen's Ledge.
Mark cuts up a blowdown with his Silky saw.
Near-summit view of Mt. Washington behind Mt. Tremont.
Fall color on the north side of the summit.
Nice late color in the Oliverian Brook valley.
The mighty Passaconaway, its lower slopes awash in orange.
Looking west to Tripyramid.
Hancock and Carrigain.
Carter Dome in the distance through Bear Notch.
Before heading down we made a short bushwhack to an interesting creviced ledge on the east side of the summit.
From here, a view to Bear Mountain and the Moats.
Mark heads down the trail into the views.
A couple days later I did some drainage cleaning on my adopted one-mile section of the Hurricane Trail at the base of Mt. Moosilauke.
Another golden October day.
Autumn at its finest.
One of several long drainages on this section of trail.
Alongside the Baker River.
Footbridge over Gorge Brook.
On the way back I checked out the recently opened new Ravine Lodge. It's a spectacular structure!
Big windows with a mountain view in the dining area.
Map of former ski trails behind the Ravine Lodge.
Dartmouth Outing Club humor.
Mt. Moosilauke rises behind the Lodge.
In case you were wondering...
Later that day I took a short loop hike in the Smarts Brook area. From a spur off an unofficial mountain bike trail I gained this colorful vista of Welch-Dickey and the southern ridges of Mt. Tecumseh.
Jennings Peak and Sachem Peak.
I crossed the exposed dam at the Smarts Brook beaver pond, alongside the Smarts Brook Trail. Not surprisingly, the water level was very low.
An old beaver lodge.
A different perspective on Sachem and Jennings.
The Black Mountain ridge leading up to Sandwich Dome.
Reflected view of the lower Black Mountain.
More foliage reflections.
Scenic ledgy spot on Smarts Brook.
A visitor takes in the scene at the Smarts Brook cascade.