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Moose Mountains Reservation, Beauty Ledge Trail 11/13/13

Sun Set glow on the valley below Beauty Ledge

Sun Set glow on the valley below Beauty Ledge

It had been three-and-a-half month span since our last hike up Beauty Ledge trail at Moose Mountains Reservation. This is a trail Scott and I built on the Reservation to which we are Forest Society Land Stewards. It was 3:30pm, cold and the sun was setting fast so it was to be a quick hike just to check on how the trail looked. After the mile walk along the woods roads that are Burrows Farm and North trails we began the hike up Beauty Ledge trail. After the steep climb we passed by Snapping Turtle Rock and followed the trail along boulders of broken ledge. Through the woods we could see the massive profile of Beauty Ledge, jutting out into the woods with the appearance of the bow of a battle ship!

The trail breaks away from the ledge area an...

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Mt. Hale via Hale Brook trail 2013 10/27

The snowy, cairn topped summit of Mt. Hale

The snowy, cairn topped summit of Mt. Hale

After over 2 months of absence from the White Mountains and missing the entire foliage season, Scott and I finally were able to add another 4,000 footer to the list! Considered one of the easier 4,000 footer hikes it is still a rough one climbing 2,300 feet in 2.2 miles to a wooded summit!

We began our hike from the Zealand Road; Hale Brook trail head off of Rt. 302. Start time was about 9:30am. The weather was chilly and the parking lot had a dozen cars already in it most of which were out-of-state. There is very little warm up time on this climb! You get to the steep grades quick and there is little relief along the way. The trail is quite rough, loose footing, tree roots and is well worn to where it is no doubt a stream in wet conditions...

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Pymatuning Lake State Park 2010 5/27-30

Sunset over Pymatuning Lake

Sunset over Pymatuning Lake

This hike/walk was from a vacation in Pennsylvania. I found this area on the Western border of Pennsylvania and Ohio. While the Southern end of the lake is more a boat launch/tourist area the Northern part is more wild and quite. We were lucky to have this place mostly to ourselves!

The park is in Titusville and off the road there is a lake side deck where you can feed the thousands of hatchery fish! Canadian Geese are also here by the hundreds! There is also a trail that makes a small loop through a forested area and along the shore of the lake. The interpretive trail identifies the trees and birds of the area. Our favorite was the Black Oak!

We also got to see a Bald Eagle pointed out by some bird watchers. And many, many other birds...

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Hiking Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Summit

Stone Mountain Summit

Day three of our vacation in Georgia was Stone Mountain.

A $10 gate fee gets you into this beautiful park in Stone Mountain Georgia. This granite batholith sitting out by itself was visible to us from the Kennesaw mountains. The mountain is 825 feet tall and covers 583 acres. The top of the mountain is 1,683 feet above sea level. It is mostly open granite from top to bottom. If that weren’t enough there is a huge carving on one side of the mountain. According to the brochure it is the largest high relief carving in the world! The Memorial Carving depicts three Confederate heroes of the Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee and Lt. General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson...

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Hiking The White Mountains

 

Hiking Passion

My name is Jason Morris, age 32. I grew up in the Lakes Region of NH and have always been on the White Mountains door step. My parents would bring us kids hiking from a very young age and my uncle brought me up Mt. Adams,  my first 4000 footer when I was only 10,  and I have been hooked ever since.  My purpose for this blog is to share my love and passion for hiking and appreciating the trails and natural beauty of New England and all over our beautiful Country,  as I continue to em-barque on ever new challenges that await!!

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Mt. Major Alton Bay NH

Mount Major Summit Alton Bay, NH

Mount Major Summit Alton Bay, NH

We arrived at the relatively quite parking lot and I decided to take the Boulder trail on the Left side of the parking lot (orange blaze). I had come down this way two or three times with my mom in the winter and was curious as to how it was on dry ground. We made our way past some boulders and stopping to put our necks and heavier hats on. The ground here-and-there was thin curly ice crystals topped with dry mud. Following the logging road we soon came to a trail off the right side. This is what I remember coming down but the blazes continued down the road. I was confused at first but realized that what I thought was the boulder trail is apparently one of the many unmarked trails on this peak.

Continuing on up a hill and through birch and beach tree...

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