Saturday, April 30, 2022
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
The sunny south side of the Moat Range is one of my favorite springtime bushwhacking haunts. For this ascent of South Moat Mountain, I bushwhacked up the ravine of Dry Brook on the SW side of the mountain. As expected, the terrain was rugged, but it rewarded with some watery treasures in its inner recesses.
Starting late in the morning, I hiked a mile in on the very well-constructed lower section of the Moat Mountain Trail, which was built 17 years ago by the USFS Saco Ranger District crew. This stretch of trail is a delight to walk.
Where the trail crosses Dry Brook on a bridge, I headed off-trail, upstream. After a while, I came to this nice cascade.
It was a slow-paced journey up the ravine, crossing back and forth over the brook as dictated by the terrain.
This little shelf of hardwoods on the floor of the ravine beckoned for a break.
This tiny yellow violet was the first flower I've seen in the woods this spring.
The steep slopes on either side wrap the valley in a shroud of seclusion.
Hardwood forest stands tall on the steep eastern slope.
Tough sledding ahead, time for an up-and down detour on the west side to bypass a precipitous slope.
By chance, I dropped back down to the brook at this fine cascade.
The two summit knobs of South Moat. At 4:00 pm, there was no one around.
Summit marker from the 19th century U.S. Coastal Survey.
Though its elevation is a modest 2770 ft., South Moat has big time views, with dozens of peaks visible near and far, including 28 NH 4000-footers. The jumble of peaks looking NW is dominated by the Hancocks and Mt. Carrigain.