With an unsettled forecast calling for a chance of showers, I opted for a slide visit with only a short bushwhack: the Gale River Slide on the northern flank of Garfield Ridge, which fell during Hurricane Carol in 1954. This would be my fourth visit to this slide, which I first climbed in 1995; my most recent visit was last winter. I hoped to find some Rhodora still in bloom on this partly revegetated slide.
I approached the slide with a 3.2 mile walk along the Gale River Trail, catching this view of the North Branch of the river about halfway along.
A mile-long relocation constructed by the WMNF in 2011 passes through some fine forest after it crosses a tributary known as Garfield Stream.