Showing posts from August, 2010

Presidential Range

Location: White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
Distance: 16.3 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 6,600 feet overall
Date: August 20, 2010

In August 2010 I did a 17-mile loop hike across the northern end of New Hampshire's Presidential Range. I began my hike at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center around 7:00 am after spending the previous night at the Dolly Copp Campground. I followed the Appalachian Trail from the visitor center (elevation 2,022 ft) for 1.6 miles until I crossed the Mount Washington Auto Road at an elevation of 2,700 ft.  From here the AT descended over 1.9 miles to an elevation of under 2,300 ft in the Great Gulf Wilderness.

After crossing the West Branch Peabody River I followed the AT for 0.6 mi until it turned up the side of Mount Madison. Over the next 2.0 mi the AT gains 2,360 ft until it reaches the Osgood Junction. Just below the Osgood Junction the trail rises into the treeless alpine tundra where it remains for most of remaining part of the hike. Fro…

Borestone Mountain, ME

Location: near Monson, Maine
Date: August 7, 2010
Summit elevation: 1947 ft (593 m)
Elevation gain: ~1100 ft (335 m)
Distance: ~2.5 mi (4 km) one way

The Borestone Mountain Trail is a very popular trail that is moderately strenuous with great views. The trail is located on the Maine Audubon Society's Borestone Mountain Sanctuary. The trail begins at the entrance to the sanctuary along Elliotsville Road where the pavement ends.

The trail parallels a gated road with moderate elevation gain through forest until the trail reaches the facilities at Sunrise Pond.  At the visitor center at Sunrise Pond non-Maine Audubon members must pay a small fee before continuing.

From here the trail begins climbing more steeply up the stone steps and two hand and footholds up Borestone Mountain. You will soon reach the rocky clearings on the lower summit.  Continue east across the top of the mountain to reach the summit of the mountain where there is a small display.  The 360 degree views from the s…