Saturday, September 24, 2022

Kettles Path: 9/23/22

On a windy, cloudy afternoon Carol and I enjoyed a hike up the Livermore Trail and Kettles Path to The Scaur, a favorite viewpoint of ours in Waterville Valley. Along the way I did some maintenance work on the Kettles Path, which I adopted this year. Some trail work seemed appropriate on the day before National Public Lands Day.

We passed by some good axe work performed by the OBP Trailworks crew earlier this year, taking out two blowdowns that were too large for my Silky saw.

Did some brushing along a section where beech saplings have been creeping into the trail corridor. Before...

...and after.


A WVAIA sign marks the short, steep spur that ascends to The Scaur.

The south-facing ledges of The Scaur were largely protected from the strong NW winds. The summit of Sandwich Dome was socked in, though the nubble of Jennings Peak was in the clear. A nice spot to hang out for a while.

A hint of early fall color, looking out towards Lost Pass.

Leaving The Scaur.

On the way down I cut up a yellow birch blowdown.

Cleared. I did some more brushing on the way down, but soon the wind gusts ramped up and we heard the cra-a-a-ck of a tree falling in the forest. The rest of the brushing can wait - time to hustle back to the car!


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