Friday, September 7, 2012

A walk in the woods

Friday, August 31, 2012:

It was an OK hiking day - windy and humid but cool, some sun but a lot of clouds.  It was an OK hike - Pleasant River (west branch) up to a series of summits approaching, but not reaching, the open summit of Whitecap Mountain.  The summits I crossed today - Gulf Hagas and West Peak, were wooded, so there weren't any views to report.  The trail was mostly easy, especially for the long gradual climb along Gulf Hagas Brook from the Pleasant River to the Newhall memorial shelter.  I was surprised and delighted to find extensive stone step work - hundreds of steps - on the steep climbs up Gulf Hagas Mountain north of the shelter and also up West Peak from the Sydney Tappan Campsite.  All this was wonderful and pleasing, and made for a good day on the trail.  But there just isn't much to show for it (in terms of photos).  So I'll part with the one place I would have liked to linger - a pretty cascade on Gulf Hagas Brook, visible right from the trail.

Whitecap Mountain will be the last significant summit I cross before Katahdin.  It looks great from a distance.  I hope the weather cooperates tomorrow so I can get some nice views.

Here's a map of the hike and a link to more photos:

AT Day 220 - Gulf Hagas Brook at EveryTrail
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