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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
Dome Trail in and of itself is a beautiful trail alongside one of the major
tributaries of 19 Mile Brook.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To make reservations at AMC Lodges and Huts, please call
(603)466-2727 available Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm.
Backcountry Information Specialist
AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
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