NORTH RIDGE OF MOUNT WEETAMOO: 4/20/17
Gloomy skies prevailed, but I enjoyed excellent hardwood bushwhacking -- 99% snow-free --for this afternoon ramble on the Campton Range.
For the approach to and exit from the north ridge of Mt. Weetamoo, I used the Chickenboro logging road (off Sandwich Notch Road) and this unofficial mountain bike trail.
While whacking up this slope I saw something large and dark moving up ahead. I think it was a bear, but didn't get a clear look. I made sure I went a little farther around in the other direction.
Approaching a col on the ridge.
Happy Golden Anniversary to somebody! I packed it out.
I made my way to a ledge with a nice view of Mt. Weetamoo across the upper valley of Chickenboro Brook. I first visited this spot a year ago in April.
Stinson and Carr Mountains in the distance.
A pretty good dropoff in front.
Moose sign on the ridge.
Just a few feet away was this bear tree.
There are a number of black cherry trees on this ridge, rather unusual for the Whites.
A ridgetop erratic.
A fallen black cherry.
Hardwood cols like this are cozy, somehow.
How does a tree get twisted like this? Remarkable!
This ferny ledge offered a surprise view north to Sachem Peak and Jennings Peak.
From another spot nearby there was another surprise: a view east across Sandwich Notch. Upper Hall Pond is below.
Mt. Israel and Dinsmore Mountain. I had just explored Dinsmore a few days earlier.
A level ridgetop glade.
Poor lighting, but this mossy beech was an eye-catcher.
This spot reminds me of the open glades and gnarled hardwoods of ridges in the Catskills.
I investigated one more ledge, which had a peek at the next hump southward along the ridge.
My descent back to the valley started at this col.
I descended through this fine mature hardwood forest on the flank of the ridge, at the base of a very steep slope.