Trip Reports

Mount Major

20180511_153026.jpgFriday we ventured up Mount Major for the second time. Eager to get back north we settled on Mount Major in the Lakes Region, since there is still lingering snow further north and since we haven’t dealt with it in over a month, I didn’t care to dig out winter gear again. We will wait a couple more weeks before going up to the White Mountains.

This hike was hosted by a Hike it Baby Ambassador from the North Shore MA group and was coincidentally the same hike I was planning on hosting for HiB Monadnock I decided to just tag along and meet some members from a different group. It was a great day meeting and hiking with new faces.

Aubrey and I arrived at the trailhead just after 10am and finished getting ready while we waited for our new friends to arrive. The day was cool and breezy but the sun was shining as hard as it could. It was a perfect day for a hike. We set off up the blue Mount Major Trail just after 10:30 am. Per usual the very beginning of the trail was wet and muddy, but after that short section, it was dry trails the rest of the way.  As we all settled into our group pace we had fun exploring the sights along the lower section of the trail, such as the large boulder, the tree that ate the large cable and the “grand canyon”- the small section of trail which is heavily eroded and the sides of the trail are at or above the kids heads.

20180511_121732.jpgWhen the blue trail makes its left-hand turn, the trail steepens and the fun part beginnings. Aubrey and I love scrambling up mountains, as its much more challenging than just walking along the trail. Planning out which way to get up and how to get up is part of the fun. Nothing beats climbing up a section and taking a short break to look back down and see what you have accomplished and what is up next.

After about 2 hours of climbing, we finally made it to the castle at the top, which is actually Mr. Phippin’s stone hut. This old hut at the top of the mountain is a perfect place to find refuge from strong wind gust at the summit. Surprisingly there weren’t as many people as I was expecting. I think there were less than 30 people which in Mount Major standards is a quiet day! 20180511_131712.jpgWe even were lucky to see Mount Washington off in the distance still covered in snow. Proof that winter is still hanging around further north.

After enjoying a long lunch break, we headed back down the orange Boulder Loop Trail. This trail was definitely much quieter than the main blue trail. The orange trail is aptly named the Boulder Loop trail due to all the large boulders on the trail. They were fun to see.

20180511_135610.jpgNearing the end of the hike, Aubrey started to lose her energy, entered a constant state of whining, a few tears, and constant pauses. The hike in all took us just about 5 hours so I am sure she was exhausted, and this was the biggest hike she has done with her bigger pack. I need to make some adjustments on what exactly she is carrying in her pack to make it lighter until she gets used to the pack.

Nearing the end of the hike, Aubrey started to lose her energy, entered a constant state of whining, a few tears, and constant pauses. The hike in all took us just about 5 hours so I am sure she was exhausted, and this was the biggest hike she has done with her bigger pack. I need to make some adjustments on what exactly she is carrying in her pack to make it lighter until she gets used to the pack.

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