A gorgeous summer day for an afternoon climb to the expansive East Ledges of Hedgehog Mountain with my nephew Mike and his fiancee Joy.
Heading up through the spruce forest on the east loop of the UNH Trail.
Heading up the ledges after clearing the trail.
Mike and Joy, a happy couple!
Mt. Passaconaway and its eastern spurs.
A rogue tree on the flank of Passaconaway had already turned yellow.
Looking up the Oliverian Brook valley to Paugus Pass.
The East Ledges are home to one of the larger populations of Silverling (Paronychia argyrocoma) in New Hampshire. According to a Forest Service report, these rare plants, which grow on ledges, talus, and gravel river barrens, have been found at only 36 sites in New England. Hikers should take great care not to inadvertently trample them.
The view east to the Moats and Mt. Chocorua under classic summer skies.
The tightrope section leading to the western set of the East Ledges.
A miniature pothole.
A great place to hang out in the summer sun.