Saturday, January 12, 2019

Mount Pemigewasset: 1/11/19

A cold afternoon snowshoe to a local favorite. Great conditions with over a foot of new snow falling the previous three days.

The Mount Pemigewasset Trail had a fine softly-packed snowshoe track. Thanks go to the 'shoers who broke it out the day before. This is an excellent snowshoe trail with moderate grades and many meanders in a spacious hardwood forest. Though much of it is not visible with the snow, the trail adopter and the Trailwrights have done a lot of good work on this trail in recent years.

Snow depth at 2200 ft.

Approaching the summit ledge.

The summit ledge was one of the few sunny spots on this wind-foggy afternoon. The rays made the low single number temps more comfortable, and the wind wasn't bad.

The view down the Pemigwasset River valley was a bit fuzzy.


Peering down from the prow.

The area between Mt. Pemi and the long southern spurs of South Kinsman is remote, trailless, and seldom visited.

 My favorite vista on this 52WAV summit looks up at the high and wild SE spurs of South Kinsman.

Around the corner to the true summit.

Looking east, the lower Franconia Range was hidden behind a wall of wind fog.

Christmas card scenery.

Making tracks.

The wooded east side of Mt. Pemi from the well-plowed parking area at the Flume Visitor Center. The temperature here was 7 above when I started at 12:30, and was the same when I got down at 3:40.

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