Leaves are Drifted Down!

Hello All!  If any of you have been following this blog from the beginning, this is Joyce from way back in the Spring!  Good to be back with you!  My family has been on a 3 month Road Trip which you can check out at https://scottfamilyroadtrip.blogspot.com.  Please know this is NOT an AMC endorsed website but a private one with my family’s personalities and views on life in abundance!  We have a hearty love for adventure as I’m sure do you, so you may enjoy!


On to trail conditions!

The leaves are pretty much gone here in the upper elevations of the notches.  The colors are close to gone in our valleys, however you can still find some isolated jewels if you are determined to hunt color!  If you truly are searching for foliage however, I would head a bit farther south.  Try the Lakes Region or possibly the Jaffrey Peterborough area for scenic drives.  For hikes consider the Sandwich Range or the Monadnock Sunapee Trail in southern New Hampshire.  For destinations, consider our very own AMC Cardigan Lodge in Alexandria with hiking on Mt Cardigan, or possibly Bascom Lodge on top of Mt Greylock in western Massachusetts!

For those of you more interested in the North than the foliage, it is peaceful up here without our leaves! The woods have that wonderful fall smell which makes you think of warm fires and hot cocoa!  It has been drippy these past few days so currently the trails are damp and a bit muddy but not saturated and so far we do not have ice up top!  We did have some a few weeks ago so it won’t be long now!

My family got out to hike Carter Dome and Mt Hight this past Monday and had a stellar fall day!  What’s fun about the 19 Mile Brook Trail now is that you can trace the story of Hurricane Irene from 2011 in the riverbed!  There are several major river (not trail) relocations where the past river dammed up naturally with boulders and then cut a new bed.  (As the new bed is closer to the trail, it actually makes the hike prettier!)  Climbing Carter Dome from Carter Notch is steep but only for .5mi and the view from Pulpit Rock is well worth it! 

If you stand on the highest rocks at the outlook, you get a great unique vantage point of Mt Washington and the Northern Presis!  Carter Dome is a 4000 footer but the true reward of the hike is Mt Hight where the real views in the Carters come alive!  We descended via the Carter Dome trail from Zeta Pass (Remember, there is NO camping in Zeta Pass!) and saw more remnants of Hurricane Irene along the riverbed.  I wonder how many years it will be before we can no longer recognize them.  


The Carter Dome Trail in and of itself is a beautiful trail alongside one of the major tributaries of 19 Mile Brook.  If you find yourself interested in this hike, you will want AMC Map #5 for the CarterRange and Evans Notch.  And don't forget you can stay with us here at the Joe Dodge Lodge as a base of operations!

For any general questions, conditions information, or trail advice, please feel free to contact us here at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center front desk.  We are available by phone at (603) 466-2721 every day from 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM or by email at amcpinkhaminfo@outdoors.org. To make reservations at AMC Lodges and Huts, please call (603)466-2727 available Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm.


Happy Hiking!

Joyce S.
Backcountry Information Specialist
AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
(603) 466-8116
amcpinkhaminfo@outdoors.org 
 

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