Gorgeous weather and excellent snow conditions for a bushwhack with Mark Klim to a huge ledge overlooking the Albany Intervale.
Mark crossing a solid snow bridge over the Swift River on the Sawyer River Trail. There was a nice snowshoe track on this trail courtesy of BK Noonan & friends - thanks!
There's some snow out here.
Meadow Brook from a snowmobile bridge. We followed the snowmobile trail for a short distance, and were thankful for this bridge.
Pileated Woodpecker excavations near the start of the whack.
Firm snow conditons in hemlock forest.
Looked like a scale model of the Percy Peaks.
Ledge band in the woods.
Over the top.
Bear sideways scratch.
Enjoying a great day in the woods.
Lots of blowdown in the spruce woods.
In places there was close to a foot of recent snow to break, with a rock-solid base beneath.
Making our way up the broad ridge.
Arriving at the ledge.
First view, towards Tripyramid. A unique angle on this mountain with its wide-spreading spur ridges enclosing the Pine Bend Brook basin.
Passaconaway, Whiteface, East Sleeper and Tripyramid.
Zoom on Middle & North Tripyramid.
Mts. Chocorua, Paugus and Passaconaway.
Mt. Passaconaway behind Potash Mountain.
Little Church Pond, Church Pond Bog, and Church Pond (L to R) on the floor of Albany Intervale, with Chocorua and Paugus beyond.
Strong spring sun with no wind lured us into a 2 1/2 hour stay on our commanding perch.
A ledge around the corner adds Bear Mountain (scarred by clearcuts) to the view.
One last look.
Following our tracks.
We used a different route for most of the descent, snowshoeing through endless hardwoods.
A rockin' trio.
Yellow birch abstract art.
Perfect snowshoe whacking.
On the Sawyer River Trail, which follows an old logging railroad bed.
Late afternoon on the Swift River. Forthcoming warm weather will likely bring the demise of the snow bridges.