HEDGEHOG MOUNTAIN: 5/5/10
The photos below show views from around the summit area of Hedgehog Mountain after a day of blowdown clearing and drainage cleaning on the west loop of the UNH Trail. I adopted this trail through a cooperative program of the AMC and the Saco Ranger District. There are still numerous Saco District trails needing adopters; for info contact Cristin Bailey at 603-447-5448 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Adopters take on the basic maintenance responsibilities for their trail: the aforementioned blowdown removal and drainage cleaning, plus brushing and blazing.
This 2532-ft. peak on the north side of the Sandwich Range is one of the best half-day hikes (4.8 mile loop, 1450-ft. elevation gain) in the Whites, with views from three different ledgy areas along the way.
The Sleepers and Tripyramids seen beyond the valley of Downes Brook - the heart of the Sandwich Range Wilderness.
Mt. Washington rises behind Mt. Tremont and Owl's Cliff.
Mt. Hancock and Mt. Carrigain.
The broad expanse of the Oliverian Brook valley. A lot of territory out there.
Nanamocomuck Peak, a SE spur of Mt. Passaconaway, with its north-facing slide displayed. The Square Ledge Trail passes along the base of the slide; a short scramble up opens a great view north.
Hedgehog's East Ledges, the north ridge of Mt. Paugus, and Mt. Chocorua & the Three Sisters.
Mt. Passaconaway, a wild and impressive peak.
Although I have seen them many times, I never tire of the views from Hedgehog.