These are trail logs for my hikes in 2005. Here's the main trail log page.
Text in italics is trail names.
Text in bold italics is trail names for trails which are part of the Appalachian Trail.
Underlined text is mountain peak names.
Bold underlined text is mountain peak names for mountains which are on the Northeast 111 list.
Underlined blue text is mountain peak names for mountains which are on the New England Fifty Finest list.
Underlined green text is mountain peak names for mountains which are on the Catskill 35 list.
A bold U means a turnaround point.
Saturday 12 February 2005
Lonesome Lake Trailhead - Lonesome Lake Trail - Dodge Cutoff - Lonesome Lake Hut - Fishin' Jimmy Trail U - Fishin' Jimmy Trail - Lonesome Lake Hut
Sunday 13 February 2005
Lonesome Lake Hut - Dodge Cutoff - Lonesome Lake Trail - Lonesome Lake Trailhead
Another winter hike without actually summiting any peaks. After I got off the trail on Sunday I took a short hike around the flat part of the Southern Pemigewasset Wilderness, because it was still real early and I didn't want to go home yet.
Friday 15 April 2005
Nineteen Mile Brook Trailhead - Nineteen Mile Brook Trail - Carter Notch Hut
Saturday 16 April 2005
Carter Notch Hut - Nineteen Mile Brook Trail - Wildcat Ridge Trail - Wildcat A Mtn. - Wildcat Ridge Trail - Wildcat B Mtn. - Wildcat Ridge Trail - Wildcat C Mtn. - Wildcat Ridge Trail - Wildcat D Mtn. U - Wildcat Ridge Trail - Wildcat C Mtn. - Wildcat Ridge Trail - Wildcat B Mtn. - Wildcat Ridge Trail - Wildcat A Mtn. - Wildcat Ridge Trail - Nineteen Mile Brook Trail - Carter Notch Hut
Sunday 17 April 2005
Carter Notch Hut - Nineteen Mile Brook Trail - Carter-Moriah Trail - Carter Dome - Carter-Moriah Trail - Carter Dome Trail - Nineteen Mile Brook Trail - Nineteen Mile Brook Trailhead
After the two previous winter trips I was prepared for a difficult time. Even though it was April there was two feet of snow on the ground. However, I discovered that hiking was much easier than I'd anticipated. The snow was hard packed; it had partly melted and refrozen several times and with crampons it was very easy to hike over. The only problem was that with two feet of snow under me my head was eight feet above the trail floor and I encountered a lot of low branches.
This was a great trip. The weather was clear and warm (for someplace snow covered) and the hiking fun.
Friday 10 June 2005
Woodford Hollow Trailhead - Long Trail - Goddard Shelter
Saturday 11 June 2005
Goddard Shelter - Long Trail - Glastenbury Mountain - Long Trail - U - Long Trail - Glastenbury Mountain - Long Trail - Goddard Shelter
Sunday 12 June 2005
Goddard Shelter - Long Trail - Woodford Hollow Trailhead
This started out as a nice easy hike. I spent the first night at the shelter with six AT through hikers and two LT through hikers. I had planned to return on Sunday by looping through West Ridge Trail. However, on Saturday, soon after turning around, my right knee began to hurt. By the time I returned to the shelter my knee was in serious pain. The next day I hobbled out the ten miles to the trailhead suffering every other step. I was afraid I would never hike again. I went to my doctor, and a specialist, and found out it was iliotibial band tendonitis. I was given advice on how to take care of it and told "hiking is not contraindicated". Now I stretch the knee, take a lot of pain killers, use poles a lot more often, and cold wrap it after a long hike. After about a month the pain went away, and has not returned.
Friday 1 July 2005
Zealand trailhead - Zealand Trail - Twinway Trail - Zealand Falls Hut
Saturday 2 July 2005
Zealand Falls Hut - Twinway Trail - Zealand Mtn. - Twinway Trail - possibly Mt. Guyot - Twinway Trail - Bondcliff Trail - possibly Mt. Guyot U- Bondcliff Trail - Twinway Trail - possibly Mt. Guyot - Twinway Trail - Zealand Falls Hut
Sunday 3 July 2005
Zealand Falls Hut - Twinway Trail - Zealand Trail - Zealand trailhead
I wouldn't have taken this hike so soon after injuring my knee, but I had arranged to go to Zealand with my wife Laura, who was curious to stay in an AMC hut. On Saturday Laura hung around the hut while I hiked to Guyot. I'm still not sure which of the two peaks is really Guyot, but I summited both of them. My knee started hurting again on the way back, but not as much as during the Vermont trip.
Friday 5 August 2005
Appalachia - Valley Way - Watson Path - Mt. Madison - Osgood Trail - Madison Spring Hut
Saturday 6 August 2005
Madison Spring Hut - Star Lake Trail - Mt. Adams - Lowe's Path - Israel Ridge Path - Gulfside Trail - Mt. Jefferson Loop - Mt. Jefferson U - Mt. Jefferson Loop - Gulfside Trail - Madison Spring Hut
Sunday 7 August 2005
Madison Spring Hut - Osgood Trail - Mt. Madison - Watson Path - Pine Link Trail - dead moose - Pine Link Trail - Madison Spring Hut - Air Line Trail - Appalachia
My original plan for this trip was to use the hiker shuttle to go up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to the Lakes of the Clouds Hut on Friday, go across the Presidentials to the Madison Hut on Saturday, and down to Appalachia on Sunday. However, with my recent knee problems I changed it to two nights at Madison, so I could bail easier if things got bad. However, as it was my knee didn't bother me at all the whole trip.
The weather on Friday was foggy and rainy, with Icelandic strength winds. I broke a hiking pole on top of Madison when I was literally blown over while the pole was caught between two rocks. On Saturday and Sunday, however, it was completely dry and clear.
On Sunday I summited Madison again so I could see the view, and so I could check out the dead moose on Pine Link Trail.
Friday 30 September 2005
Gale River Trailhead - Gale River Trail - Garfield Ridge Trail - Galehead Hut - Frost Trail - Galehead Mountain U - Frost Trail - Galehead Hut
Saturday 1 October 2005
Galehead Hut - Garfield Ridge Trail - Mt. Garfield U - Garfield Ridge Trail - Galehead Hut
Sunday 2 October 2005
Galehead Hut - Twinway Trail - South Twin Mountain - North Twin Spur - North Twin Mountain U - North Twin Spur - South Twin Mountain - Twinway Trail - Galehead Hut - Garfield Ridge Trail - Gale River Trail - Gale River Trailhead
Another great hike -- I had excellent weather the whole trip, and the views from Mt. Garfield were tremendous. I saw a spruce grouse inbetween South and North Twin.
Tuesday 27 December 2005
The Basin - Basin-Cascade Trail - Cascade Brook Trail - Fishin' Jimmy Trail - Lonesome Lake Hut
Wednesday 28 December 2005
Lonesome Lake Hut - Fishin' Jimmy Trail - Kinsman Ridge Trail - North Kinsman Mountain U - Kinsman Ridge Trail - Fishin' Jimmy Trail - Lonesome Lake Hut
Thursday 29 December 2005
Lonesome Lake Hut - Fishin' Jimmy Trail - Cascade Brook Trail - Basin-Cascade Trail - The Basin
After my previous winter's hikes in which I didn't summit anything I was happy to easily climb North Kinsman, where there's an excellent view of Franconia Ridge. I went from the Basin instead of the more direct route just to get in some extra hiking, and I'm glad I did; the Basin-Cascade Trail is beautiful. I broke trail most of the way on Tuesday, but it wasn't hard to do.
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