Saturday, April 14, 2018


With several days of dismal weather in the forecast, today was the day to get out for a few hours and return to an area where I knew the bushwhacking would be snow-free, on the south spur of Bald Knob.

This is what I look for this time of year. It's a little too early for the full ASAP (April Snow Avoidance Program). Though the approach trails were covered in ice and old snow, I did not step on one patch of snow along the bushwhack route.

A beech, swaying to the music of spring.

A random giant white pine, high on the slope.

Water flowing through a miniature sluice.


The long arms of the oak.

Approaching the big granite ledge atop the south spur of Bald Knob.

Peering south at the Campton Range. Two days earlier I was exploring the lower foreground ridge in the center of the photo.

I enjoyed a sweet hour-plus of sun and 50-degree temp on the ledge. A junco was singing and the wild cry of a Pileated Woodpecker issued from the nearby woods.

Heading down a ledgy spine.

I stopped briefly at a lower perch along the crest - another big granite slab.

A side view of this steep slab, with Cone Mountain in the distance.

Steep terrain.

Lichen hairdo.

Reaching for the sky.

Snow lingers in the shade of this linear rock formation.


  1. I think I know which ledge with view of Campton Range you were on when you said south Bald. When I was on that ledge I considered descending directly off the ledge. It appeared steep, but doable. I ended up taking the usual descent route following the brook drains west down to big boulder by the brook.

    1. That is such a great ledge. It is steep but doable going down that little ridge, and trending to the left.