Today, for what seems like forever, I saw a sliver
of blue sky poke out from the thick, grey clouds. The sky has been a
dreary grey with overcast of clouds for days now but it seems like we have some
sunnier and warmer days to come. This made for an awesome sunset this evening which caused the some of the Highland Center staff and guest to flock outside and to the windows.
Tomorrows forecast predicts the temperatures to
be in the mid-forties and sunny. Although the warm weather isn't great
for the snow, it will be nice to know that the sun is still hanging around.
This should make tomorrow a great day for views. We have some
popular views here in Crawford Notch with include elephants head and bugle
cliff for shorter hikes and the Webster or Willey range for longer, more
difficult hikes. A favorite would have to be Mt. Willard in terms of views
here in the notch. It’s a total of 3.2 miles with 900 ft of elevation
gain and the view from the top is phenomenal. You can see all the way
down the notch, over to the Willey and Webster ranges, and get a good view of
that classic U-shaped glacial valley.
|View from Mt. Willard with Dante from boy scout troop 272|
|Mt. Willard (on the right) and Mt. Webster (left)|
Mt. Willard a great hike for beginners,
children, and the experienced alike.
Just remember that the temperatures will be higher than they have in a
while for the next few days so we might be seeing more of the mashed potato
snow during the high of the day and icy patches as it cools overnight. Most of our hiking trails are well packed but
as it warms in the day and cools at night the snow is probably going to flip
flop from soft to crusty and icy. Make
sure to come prepared with flotation for the lower elevation hikes and other
traction like micro spikes or crampons for higher elevation hikes.
The past week the hike and ski conditions have been
great. We had a few inches of snow fall
almost every day this past week which kept the trails covered nicely with
powder and not much wind. The Nordic
trails over in Bretton Woods have been great, especially in the mornings with
the fresh few inches of powder and most of the trails have been open as we have
nice coverage of snow. Our snow stake
has hovered around twenty inches all week.
We’re all pretty sad that the winter storm hit south of us but once
again, it will be nice to see the sun again after so long.
|Adventure Guide Jerome with a boy scout troop 272|
So if you want to come and enjoy the sun with us
here at the Highland Center, come on over and sign up for a guided hike with me up Mt.
Avalon at 9:00 am which will offer some outstanding views of the Notch and part
of the presidential range or come for some snow shelter building at 3:00 and
help us build a fortress. Hope everyone
takes advantage of the sunshine! Happy
hiking and don’t forget your sunglasses!
|Snow shelter building with troop 272|
For more information on about our trails or about the Highland Center you can call us at (603)-278-4453 or look us up at outdoors.org.