Friday, July 15, 2011

#9 Mt. Hale, September 28, 2008

#9 Mt. Hale via Hale Brook trail, September 28, 2008
Mileage: 4.4 miles RT

Elevation gain:  2300'

Trailhead: Zealand Road (a right off of Route 302 heading east - before you reach AMC Highland Center).  If you see a parking lot on your left, you've gone too far. Hale Brook trailhead is 2.2 miles down Zealand road (on the right). 

Lesson learned:  We weren't the only ones hiking in the pouring rain.

Today I hiked with Rich. We got to the trailhead mid morning.  It rained most of the drive up there and was raining steadily when we parked but I was ever hopeful, having recently been hit with an obsession to complete my NH 4ks.  I had a ways to go with this being #9 (I would only make it to #11 this year before year's end).  

Highland Center’s bus was still transporting hikers and we passed it making its loop.  Living a few hours from the White Mountains is such an advantage.  Many who come here from far away have made camping and lodging reservations well in advance and make the best of the weather that weekend brings. We can pick and choose our hiking days because we live so close. Still, we chose this day, an indication of how much we love being in the woods in any weather.

The trail is entirely wooded, with a glimpse of view closer to the top.

This hike was fairly easy with moderate grade and we were at the summit in no time.  The summit was a huge pile of rocks in a “field” at the top, wooded.  There is no view at the top (I hear if you stand on the cairn you can see something.) 

The field at the summit shows remnants of a fire tower.

Not that it's a competition or anything, but this was Rich's 10th and my 9th - I felt compelled to catch up!
The rain continued during our descent, at times it changed into a  heavy mist. We were soaked when we got back to the car but I didn't care. It was still a nice time out in the woods.

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