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    Ryan Delena saved Martial Glacier

    15 days ago

    Ryan Delena reviewed Crocker Mountain, South Crocker Mountain and Mount Redington Loop

    28 days ago

    While it may not have an alpine zone like its neighboring peaks, the Crocker-Redington Loop is a very beautiful hike. After a short road walk, you begin ascending steeply through mixed woods up the AT. After passing Crocker Cirque Campground, you start climbing straight up steep rock to the ridge, while the climb may be difficult, the views from the two talus fields are exceptional. The Bigelows are clearly in view across the valley. The summit of South Crocker has a nice ledges with an outlook to Sugarloaf and Spaulding. The out and back to North Crocker is quite steep and not too exciting. North Crocker is wooded but has a nice view spur off the back. Redington is not as bad as everyone says, the herd path off the summit is very well defined, shortly after leaving South Crocker, you’ll see a cut boundary line, take a right and follow it to a cairn, then take a left onto the herd path. Shortly after the col, you’ll hit a logging road, take a left and look for another cairn. You should be able to easily follow the path to the summit. The top has a sign, beyond the sign there’s a short spur to the canister. Inside is a summit log. When you descend the summit, you’ll see a split (you probably missed it on the way up). If you want to do the AllTrails Loop instead of returning to South Crocker, take a right. This leads to an overgrown herd path, which terminates on some short of Snowmobile Trail, follow this to the logging road. Take a right and follow it down. There’s cairns and arrows made of sticks and rocks that point the way to go. You’ll eventually hit Caribou Road which you can follow to the lot. This loop is a little bit of everything and certainly a fun adventure.

    Ryan Delena reviewed Mount Moosilauke and South Peak Loop

    28 days ago

    Definitely one of the best loops in the White Mountains. Expect a short road walk, since you can’t park at the Ravine Lodge. Once at the Ravine Lodge, I would recommend ascending Gorge Brook, the “steeper” of the two. Gorge Brook is pretty easy as far as trails go in the Whites, with no scrambling and lots of switchbacks. You follow the brook for the first half. The summit is pretty spectacular, with about 100 miles of visibility, and views of the White Mountains and Green Mountains. The Carriage Road is a very easy descent, very wide and low angle. It’s a ski trail in the winter, so it’s designed to meander along the mountainside at an easy grade. The 0.1 mile spur to South Peak is definitely worth doing. Definitely would recommend this to anyone who likes hiking. Also, if you want a fun adventure, do what we did and make it a sunset hike!

    Ryan Delena added Mount Moosilauke

    28 days ago

    Ryan Delena completed Desolation Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Ryan Delena completed Kancamagus Highway Scenic Drive

    about 1 month ago

    Ryan Delena added Mount Kancamagus

    about 1 month ago

    Ryan Delena completed Livermore Road Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Ryan Delena added Tippling Rock

    about 1 month ago

    Ryan Delena added Elephant Mountain

    about 1 month ago

    Ryan Delena completed Mount Cabot Loop (Bulge and Horn)

    about 1 month ago

    Ryan Delena reviewed Scar Ridge

    2 months ago

    While I personally enjoyed this hike, I will say it’s one of the hardest bushwhacks on the whole NEHH. If you go in with the mindset that you just want to get it over with, you’re gonna have a miserable time. But if you go with the intentions going on an adventure and enjoying the journey, it can be a rewarding experience. You start by hiking up the ski trails at Loon Mountain, this can be steep and quite difficult, I would also recommend using a map of the ski area if you’re not familiar. From the summit of North Peak, look for 3 yellow signs along the ski area boundary, this is the start of the unofficial trail. This is easy to follow and very quick, look for some orange tape at around 0.5 miles from where you left North Peak. There is no herd path or tape beyond this point, just dense woods. Descend straight into the col to a small bog, and begin the ascent to Scar Ridge. In order to take the easiest path, STAY ON THE NORTH FACE. try to keep yourself somewhere between the rock slide and the summit ridge. DO NOT USE THE SUMMIT RIDGE. it is littered with hundreds of impenetrable blowdowns. As long as you stay on the north face you can avoid them, however the spruce is still very thick and you will have to deal with branches in your face. The right clothing made all the difference for me, had I not had my skin covered I wouldn’t have enjoyed this hike. The summit itself takes some care to find, and a gps tracker is essential to getting you there, as well as a compass for backup. The summit itself is marked with a bright orange canister and a homemade sign, both are hard to miss. Once at the top, follow your GPS track back the way you came. Once on the unofficial trail again, you can continue further and hike down a backcountry ski trail to the bottom, or go back to North Peak. Scar Ridge is very difficult, but can be a great adventure when do with the right gear and the right mindset. Know what to bring, know what to expect and have fun!

    Ryan Delena added Scar Ridge

    2 months ago

    Ryan Delena reviewed The Flume Trail

    2 months ago

    Much better than expected, I thought it was going to be a crowded tourist trap but The Flume was actually pretty spectacular. The boardwalk goes right through the middle of it, giving you a unique perspective of these amazing waterfalls. Most people turn around at The Flume, but I did the full loop to Liberty Gorge and Cascade which was also beautiful. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area. The trails also are very well maintained and well marked. Although the one downside is the $16 dollar entry fee for adults.

    Ryan Delena completed The Flume Trail

    2 months ago

    Ryan Delena added Flume Gorge Loop

    2 months ago

    Ryan Delena completed Nubble Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    Ryan Delena updated Sudbury Rail Trail

    3 months ago