Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mt. Tremont 9/13/15

Mt. Tremont (3,371') via Mt. Tremont trail, September 13, 2015.

Mileage:  5.6 miles (RT)

Elevation gain: 2,579'

Trailhead: Trail is located off Route 302 in Bartlett (9ish miles from Route 16).  Heading west, pass Sawyer Rock and cross the bridge over Stony Brook. The Tremont trailhead is .1 miles from the bridge - on the left. Parking is across the street.

Mt. Tremont is on the 52 with a View list (a list I'm not working on but you may be!).  There are fine views from this peak, though none today.

Hiked with Rich and Sandy.  The forecast called for a 40-50% chance of rain, not the best hiking weather. But it had been a hard work week and a while since I'd been in the woods. And, for no particular reason, we chose to hike Mt. Fremont (seemed like a good shorter option).

The trailhead is an easy drive from North Conway or Attitash Ski Resort.  We drove with windshield wipers on, parking across the street from the trail.  
So far, this summer's weather has been spectacular.  But it seems our planned hike days often were that one day of the week where things were damp and misty.  Rich wasn't sure he had it in him to hike another rainy day.  We managed to get him out of the car and across the street.

Path starts out quite mellow.
The path is wide and inviting with Stony Brook barely bubbling alongside (water levels were down due to lack of rain). 

One of the several cascades.

Soon we turned right -  away from the brook  - and started our ascent. The trail is well blazed; a good thing as there are some short, interesting twists and turns. 

We followed the brook before turning inward, and upward.

Skirting the side of the slope.
Seasonal water crossing. From here it starts to get steep.

The trail's 2.8 miles of alternating flats and steeps, easy paths and rough areas, and switchbacks.

Narrow eroded areas of path.
And steeps!

Slick roots, too!

Several times it started raining hard and Sandy and I felt we would have been happy to turn around and head back to the car.  The trail was muddy, pine needles slick and roots treacherous.  We looked to Rich to be our fall guy. After all, he wasn't into it when we started.

Surprisingly, he was out front, not wanting to turn around. So we continued on.

Junction at the top.

We were encouraged when we arrived at the switchbacks, though the trail is rooty and not very pretty at this point.  We reached some fine viewpoints, viewless today.

Summit area.
By the time we got to the summit area we were ready for lunch.  One heave-ho up the summit rock got us to the top of this mountain.
Sandy desperately looking for that view!

As you can see from this photo, she couldn't find it.

USGS marker on the big rock. There's another visible on a nearby slab.
We ate lunch and changed into dry clothing.

The hike down was quick and uneventful, and the rain had filled out the brook nicely.