Total mileage: 4.9 miles RT (we backtracked a few times)
Elevation gain: 1368'
Trailhead: Trailhead is located off the Kangamagus Highway about 13.5 miles west of the Conway intersection (across from the Passaconaway Campground).
Lesson learned: 1. A three hour hike takes much longer when breaking trail. 2. Blaze or no blaze, untouched snowscapes can be disorienting!
Because I hike peaks on my lists in the summer (NE 4Ks, NE HH and NE 115), I consider winter my off season, perfect for smaller hikes. Truth be told I do not like winter hiking enough to drag myself up the bigger peaks with full winter gear and clothing.
I'll also admit that I tend to choose popular winter hikes; the trail tends to be broken out and I like meeting others hiking up to and above a snowy tree line.
This winter Mt. Hedgehog was on my list, along with a few others. The original plan was to hike Mt. Crawford this weekend (another on my list) but a deep freeze was predicted so I sought a destination in a lower latitude and with less elevation. Hedgehog it is!
|We took turns breaking trail.|
|A beautiful summit shot. I think their faces froze that way!|
|The setting sun made for a hazy photo of Mt. Passaconaway. Dropping the camera in the snow may have helped!|
|Notice this photo is partially black and white. Camera was cold!|
|Close to the parking lot you will cross a logging road. Go straight across.|