Having been snowshoeing since November 14th, it was time time to find some bare ground, presently in short supply in the Whites. The hardwood-cloaked southern slope of little Bickford Mountain (2380 ft.), the lowest NW extension of the Franconia Range, is one of the first places to melt out in spring.And Bickford has a small view ledge as a bonus.
Bare and dry at the bottom of the Skookumchuck Trail.
Morning sun illuminates a boulder.
Open hardwood whacking, looking back down the slope.
Nearing the ridgecrest.
Cannon Mountain and I-93 from the view ledge.
Looking SW to the Cooley Hill-Cole Hill range
Ruffed Grouse scat, I think. I flushed one in the woods.
Rocky jumble below the outlook.
More sign of ridgetop moose activity.
Bickford's crest is an attractive little ridge. This will be a fern glade in summer.
Nifty crown on this old yellow birch.
Still plenty of snow on the north side of the ridge. Not goin' there.
Looked reasonably fresh.
Homeward bound to open the store.