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    Member Since May 2019

    David Nelson

    North Berwick, Maine 

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    David Nelson reviewed Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge Trail Loop

    9 days ago

    Started the trail around 8 AM, the Wednesday before Memorial Day, making the loop counterclockwise (Falling Waters -> Franconia Ridge -> Greenleaf -> Bridle Path). North- and southbound parking lots were mostly empty. 45 F, damp, and a bit windy after intermittent showers the night before.

    Spring storms the previous night had swelled the first two stream crossings into freshets, so I had to remove shoes and socks and ford the brook in order to cross safely. The rest of the hike up to Cloudland Falls was a bit muddy but otherwise easy going. Not much traffic on the ascent (I met two people on their way down, and passed four). Some patches of deep snow near the Little Haystack ridgeline, but I was able to get by with regular sneakers/stepping carefully. Talked with a fellow near the summit whose wife had caught hypothermia and been medevacked by helicopter off the summit two days before. He'd returned that morning to retrieve his gear.

    Icy winds at the top, especially along the 'knife edge' between Haystack and Lincoln. Ice was melting, but still covering the signs and cairns, the krummholz forests, and the meadows. Saw a few peregrine falcons and ravens riding the updraft above Lincoln. Dark-eyed juncos foraging everywhere through the rocks and grass, unafraid of hikers, and sometimes lighting directly in front of you.

    Passed dozens of people coming up along the Bridle Path on my way down. Except for a few places just below the treeline on Lafayette, and around Greenleaf Hut, the snow on this trail was a lot better than it was on Falling Waters. Weather started to heat up pretty quickly, and by the time I got back to the parking lot (which was full to capacity), just past noon, it was around 65 F.

    David Nelson reviewed Vaughan Woods Memorial Trail

    about 1 month ago

    The loop here runs through one of the loveliest stands of old growth forest (hemlock, pine, ash, oak, maple, and beech trees) in S. Maine. Less a hike than a place to take a quiet stroll or a run. I was there a Thursday afternoon in late May, and passed a few runners, two of whom were younger guys running laps with their dog (off-leash, but well-behaved). A few benches along the trail, and a nice picnic area near the parking lot.

    Not far from the woods is the Hamilton House and gardens, and one of the spur trails by the entrance leads around a little marshy inlet up the hill to the grounds. There was a lady doing some gardening in the back when I was there, who told me I was free to walk around the house and grounds as much as I liked, and that tours of the inside of the house started in June.

    A short walk from the grounds through the meadow behind the house takes you back to the parking lot. You'll pass lilac bushes, a horse chestnut, and an ancient, storm-blasted cedar tree as you walk through the field.

    Adult day-use fees are $3 for ME residents and $4 for non-residents. It's $1 for children, and free for children under 5 and for ME residents 65 or older.

    David Nelson completed Vaughan Woods Memorial Trail

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson reviewed Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge Trail Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Started the trail around 8 AM, the Wednesday before Memorial Day, making the loop counterclockwise (Falling Waters -> Franconia Ridge -> Greenleaf -> Bridle Path). North- and southbound parking lots were mostly empty. 45 F, damp, and a bit windy after intermittent showers the night before.

    Spring storms the previous night had swelled the first two stream crossings into freshets, so I had to remove shoes and socks and ford the brook in order to cross safely. The rest of the hike up to Cloudland Falls was a bit muddy but otherwise easy going. Not much traffic on the ascent (I met two people on their way down, and passed four). Some patches of deep snow near the Little Haystack ridgeline, but I was able to get by with regular sneakers/stepping carefully. Talked with a fellow near the summit whose wife had caught hypothermia and been medevacked by helicopter off the summit two days before. He'd returned that morning to retrieve his gear.

    Icy winds at the top, especially along the 'knife edge' between Haystack and Lincoln. Ice was melting, but still covering the signs and cairns, the krummholz forests, and the meadows. Saw a few peregrine falcons and ravens riding the updraft above Lincoln. Dark-eyed juncos foraging everywhere through the rocks and grass, unafraid of hikers, and sometimes lighting directly in front of you.

    Passed dozens of people coming up along the Bridle Path on my way down. Except for a few places just below the treeline on Lafayette, and around Greenleaf Hut, the snow on this trail was a lot better than it was on Falling Waters. Weather started to heat up pretty quickly, and by the time I got back to the parking lot (which was full to capacity), just past noon, it was around 65 F.

    David Nelson completed Riprap Trail

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed White Oak Canyon Trail

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Bearfence Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Mill Prong to Rapidan Camp

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Dark Hollow Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Hawksbill Summit Trail

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Stony Man via Appalachian Trail

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Old Rag Mountain Loop

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed The Beehive Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Round Top Trail

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed French's Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Sanders Hill

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Sawyer Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Bauneg Beg Middle Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Brown Hill and Spring Hill

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Kenyon Hill Preserve

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Rachel Carson Trail

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Western Head via Goat Trail

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Eben's Head Trail

    about 1 month ago

    David Nelson completed Western Head and Cliff Trails

    about 1 month ago