To start, we drove partway up Mack Brook Rd. (off Tripoli Rd.) and whacked across to Mack Brook.
Then we headed north up the valley. Near this spot we encountered a big bull moose with an impressive rack. No chance for pictures.
For a short distance we enjoyed easy passage on an old logging road.
A nice hardwood glade at 2200 ft.
Meandering deep in the valley.
Passing through a birch graveyard. Many white birches across the mountains are reaching the end of their lifespan after flourishing in the wake of logging and fire in the early 1900s.
High in the valley, Mack Brook is tiny.
There were a few pleasant ferny glades on the broad, flat upper floor of the valley.
At 2700 ft. we emerged on the gentle, open runout of the slide.
An open highway through the forest.
Approaching the slide proper.
Ascending the wide lower part of the slide. This is a "comfortable" slide - not too steep, and no sketchy smooth slabs. I have found no documented date for this slide. My best guess is that it fell during Hurricane Carol in 1954, which unleashed a half-dozen slides on nearby Mt. Osceola. The older slide that gave Scar Ridge its name in the late 1800s was in the next ravine to the east, on a branch of Little East Pond Brook; it is now mostly revegetated.
Wide and dry.
Partway up we stopped for a long break to bask in the sun and gaze at the southward vista towards Mt. Kearsarge, Mt. Cardigan and other peaks in central NH.
A great way to spend a perfect late summer afternoon.
Snoozing was part of the plan.
Patches of ferns somehow thrive in this dry and sterile environment.
After a long rest, we headed farther up the slide.
We picked our way carefully through the loose rocks. We went about 2/3 of the way up the slide and took another long break in the sun. When I first visited this slide in 1996 with two friends, we went to the top, then whacked up to the crest of Scar Ridge west of the summit and dropped down to the top of one of the slides on the north side for a great view into the Pemi Wilderness. On the way back down this slide we made a side trip up to another, shorter slide on the west side of the Mack Brook drainage. Today's trip was a lazier outing.
Granite boulders weathering to rottenstone.
A wide view, well up on the slide. The Mack Brook valley is enclosed on either side by southerly spurs of Scar Ridge.
After another long break - in total we spent perhaps three hours in the sun on the slide - we headed down with the SE spur looming above.
Looking across to the SW spur ridge.
Looking back up by a split boulder at the base of the slide.
Heading down the valley.
Following Mack Brook down from its inner sanctum. It was a fine bushwhack!