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2011 Hiking Trip Logs

These are trail logs for my hikes in 2011. Here's the main trail log page.

Legend

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.


Trips

Warning! Rocks on Top trip reports before February 2011 are probably dead links.


Mt. Ascutney - Vermont - 16 January 2011

Sunday 16 January 2011
Brownsville Trailhead - roadwalk - Windsor Trailhead - Windsor Trail - Mt. Ascutney U - Windsor Trail - viewing tower - Windsor Trail - Windsor Trailhead

Tanya and I hiked the Windor Trail on Mt. Ascutney on snowshoes. Unfortunately, Tanya wasn't able to summit.

For a longer trip report see Rocks on Top.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Balsam/Haynes/Eagle Mountains - Catskills, New York - 13 February 2011

Sunday 13 February 2011
Rider Hollow - Rider Hollow Trail - Mine Hollow Trail - Pine Hill - West Branch Trail - Balsam Mountain - Pine Hill - West Branch Trail - Haynes Mountain - Pine Hill - West Branch Trail - Eagle Mountain U - Pine Hill - West Branch Trail - Haynes Mountain - Pine Hill - West Branch Trail - Rider Hollow Trail - Rider Hollow

This was a solo daytrip to the Catskills. I was breaking drifted snow much of the way, but it wasn't too hard to do. I didn't see another person on the trails all day, although I saw by the register that eight other people had summited Balsam that day.

For a longer trip report see The ADKHP fora.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Savoy Mountain State Forest - Berkshire Mountains, Massachusetts - 26 February 2011

Saturday 26 February 2011
North Pond - North Pond Loop Trail (CCW) - Blackburnian Loop Trail - who the hell knows? U - who the hell knows? - Blackburnian Loop Trail - North Pond Loop Trail (CCW) - North Pond

Tanya and I hiked around a state forest in northwest Mass. We got a bit lost, but it didn't matter that much, since we were just hiking around and not working towards some goal.

For a longer trip report see Rocks on Top.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Mt. Tom Reservation - Berkshire Mountains, Massachusetts - 20 March 2011

Sunday 20 March 2011
Mt. Tom parking area - short road walk - Teabag Trail - Metacomet-Monadnock Trail - side trail to Nonotuck - Mt. Nonotuck U - side trail to Nonotuck - Metacomet-Monadnock Trail - Goat Peak - Metacomet-Monadnock Trail - Mt. Tom U - Metacomet-Monadnock Trail - D.O.C. Trail - Keystone Extention - Kay Bee Trail -

I hiked Mt. Nonotuck, Goat Peak, and Mt. Tom. Tanya and her boyfriend Adam joined me for Nonotuck. We saw a couple of bald eagles. Pretty cool, huh?

For a longer trip report see Rocks on Top.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Twin and Indian Head Mountains - Catskills, New York - 27 March 2011

Sunday 27 March 2011
Prediger Road - Devil's Path - Jimmy Dolan Notch Trail - Jimmy Dolan Notch- Devil's Path - Twin Mountain U - Devil's Path - Jimmy Dolan Notch- Devil's Path - Indian Head Mountain U - Devil's Path - Prediger Road

Another nice day in the Catskills. I was on microspikes or crampons the whole way.

For a longer trip report see The ADKHP fora.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Ragged Mountain - Metacomet Ridge, Connecticut - 30 March 2011

Wednesday 30 March 2011
Southington Road in Berln - Metacomet Trail - Short Mtn. - Metacomet Trail - Ragged Mtn. - Metacomet Trail - Andrews Street in Southington (Don't park here!)

I took a day off work and hiked with my son MurMur and his friend Nick.

For a longer trip report see Rocks on Top.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Kinsman Ridge - White Mountains, New Hampshire - (2-)3 April 2011

Saturday 2 April 2011
The Basin - Basin-Cascade Trail - Cascade Brook Trail - Fishin' Jimmy Trail - Lonesome Lake Hut

Sunday 3 April 2011
Lonesome Lake Hut - Fishin' Jimmy Trail - Kinsman Ridge Trail - North Kinsman Mountain - Kinsman Ridge Trail - South Kinsman Mountain U - Kinsman Ridge Trail - North Kinsman Mountain - Kinsman Ridge Trail - Fishin' Jimmy Trail - Lonesome Lake Hut - Fishin' Jimmy Trail - Cascade Brook Trail - Basin-Cascade Trail - The Basin

I attended my first Fool Scouts' Ball this year. The next day I climbed the Kinsmen on a perfect hiking day.

For a longer trip report see Rocks on Top.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Midstate Trail, Massachusetts - 16 April 2011

Saturday 16 April 2011
Rte. 9 - Midstate Trail - Sampson's Pebble - Midstate Trail - East Hill Road

I joined my friends for another section of the Midstate Trail. We saw some goblins, which I've never seen in the wild before.

For a longer trip report see Rocks on Top.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains - Catskills, New York - 2 May 2011

Monday 2 May 2011
Woodland Valley - Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail - Wittenberg Mountain - Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail - Cornell Mountain U - Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail - Wittenberg Mountain - Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail - Woodland Valley

The Second of May is my birthday. I took the day off work and hiked in the Catskills with my son MurMur.

For a longer trip report see The ADKHP fora.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


North-South Trail, Rhode Island - 7 May 2011

Saturday 7 May 2011
Newport Road Trailhead - North-South Trail - Stepstone Falls - North-South Trail - Bald Hill - North-South Trail - Roaring Brook Pond Trailhead

The fourth section of a hike across Rhode Island on the North-South Trail Amicus and I are making. Tanya joined us for this section.

For a longer trip report see Rocks on Top.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


LT Trailwork and Stratton Mountain - Green Mountains, Vermont - 14-15 May 2011

Saturday 14 May 2011
Stratton Pond Trailhead - USFS 71 roadwalk - Long Trail - Story Spring Shelter - Long Trail - Kid Gore Shelter - Long Trail (trailwork) U - Story Spring Shelter

Sunday 15 May 2011
Story Spring Shelter - Long Trail - USFS 71 roadwalk - short car ride - Long Trail - Stratton Mountain U - Long Trail - LT Kelly Stand Road Trailhead

I did some trailwork with the GMC and climbed Stratton the next day. It rained a lot on Sunday.

For a longer trip report see Rocks on Top.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


White Mountains, New Hampshire - 10 June 2010 - 12 June 2011

Friday 10 June 2011
Cannon Tramway Kinsman Ridge Trailhead - Kinsman Ridge Trail - Cannon Mountain - unnamed trail - Cannon Ski Resort cafeteria U - unnamed trail - Cannon Mountain - Kinsman Ridge Trail - Cannon Tramway Kinsman Ridge Trailhead

Saturday 11 June 2011
Starr King Trailhead - Starr King Trail - Mt. Starr King - Starr King Trail - Mt. Waumbek U - Starr King Trail - Mt. Starr King - Starr King Trail - Starr King Trailhead

Sunday 12 June 2011
Carter-Moriah Trailhead - Carter-Moriah Trail - Mount Moriah Spur Trail - Mount Moriah U - Mount Moriah Spur Trail - Carter-Moriah Trail - Carter-Moriah Trailhead

Laura and I went to the White Mountains as part of our extended anniversary celebrations. Other family members came along as well. On Friday I climbed Cannon with my son MurMur and my nephew Kid Presentable. It was my fifth time there, but the first with views. On Saturday I climbed Waumbek in the rain with MurMur and Kid Presentable. On Sunday I climbed solo into a stratus cloud and onto Mt. Moriah.

For a longer trip reports see the Rocks on Top threads for Cannon (Fri.), Waumbek (Sat.), and Moriah (Sun.).

I also have picture galleries for Cannon (Fri.), Waumbek (Sat.), and Moriah (Sun.).


Hopkins, Giant, and RPR - Adirondacks, New York - 25-26 June 2011

Saturday 25 June 2011
Roaring Brook Trailhead - Rte. 73 roadwalk - Mossy Cascade Trail - Mossy Cascade Spur - Mossy Cascade U - Mossy Cascade Spur - Mossy Cascade Trail - Trail to Hopkins Mountain - Hopkins Mountain U - Trail to Hopkins Mountain - Trail 52 - Trail 111 - Giant Leanto

Sunday 26 June 2011
Giant Leanto - Trail 111 - Giant Mountain - Trail 111 - Trail 112 - Rock Peak Ridge U - Trail 112 - Trail 111 - Roaring Brook Trail - Roaring Brook Trailhead

When a planned hike to Killington fell through I switched it to a weekend peakbagging in the Dacks. It rained off and on all weekend, and I didn't get any views from Giant, but I did get some nice views from Hopkins, and got to spend the weekend in the wilderness

For a longer trip report see The ADKHP fora.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


North-South Trail, Rhode Island - 9 July 2011

Saturday 9 July 2011
Roaring Brook Pond Trailhead - North-South Trail - trail confusion - North-South Trail - Meadowbrook Pond Trailhead

Amicus and I hiked the fifth of six sections of the North South Trail in Rhode Island.

The short version: We walked through the woods. We road walked. We walked through the woods again. We walked beside a corn field. We got lost. We got found again.

The long version: See Rocks on Top.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Marcy, Skylight, Gray, Redfield, and Colden - Adirondacks, New York - 16-17 July 2011

Saturday 16 July 2011
Van Hoevenberg Trailhead - Van Hoevenberg Trail - Phelps Trail - Mount Marcy - Phelps Trail - Skylight Trail - Mount Skylight U - Skylight Trail - Trail 121 - Gray Peak Herd Path - Gray Peak U - Gray Peak Herd Path - Trail 121 - Uphill Leanto

Sunday 17 July 2011
Uphill Leanto - Redfield Herd Path - Mount Redfield U - Redfield Herd Path - Uphill Leanto - Trail 69 - Lake Colden - Trail 70 - Mount Colden - L. Morgan Porter Trail - Trail 73 - Van Hoevenberg Trail - Van Hoevenberg Trailhead

I spent a weekend peakbagging in the Dacks under near perfect conditions. My friend Trish, along with her amazing daughters and their dog, accompanied me up Marcy.

For a longer trip report see The ADKHP fora.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Bear Mountain Trail Magic - Taconic Range, Connecticut - 24 July 2011

Sunday 24 July 2011
Undermountain Trailhead - Undermountain Trail - Appalachian Trail - Bear Mountain U - Appalachian Trail - Undermountain Trail - Undermountain Trailhead

On Sunday I, sponsored by Connecticut Valley Atheists, performed some trail magic on Bear Mountain, the Appalachian Trail's highest point in Connecticut.

For a longer trip report see Rocks on Top.

You can see some more pictures from this trip here.


Camel's Hump - Green Mountains, Vermont - 6 August 2011

Saturday 6 August 2011
Monroe Winter Trailhead - Camel's Hump Road roadwalk - Monroe Trail - Dean Trail - Long Trail - Camel's Hump - Long Trail - Monroe Trail - Camel's Hump Road roadwalk - Monroe Winter Trailhead

I returned to Camel's Hump, with my son MurMur, some friends from Connecticut, and Air&Rice.

For a longer trip report see Rocks on Top.

You can see some more pictures from this trip here.


Kaaterskill High Peak - Catskills, New York - 27 August 2011

Saturday 27 August 2011
Platte Clove Road - Long Path - attempted bushwhack U - unattempted bushwhack - Long Path - connector to snowmobile loop - snowmobile loop - summit path - Kaaterskill High Peak - summit path - Hurricane Ledge U - summit path - Kaaterskill High Peak - summit path - Hurricane Ledge U - summit path - snowmobile loop - lower plane wreck - snowmobile loop - successful bushwhack - Long Path - Platte Clove Road

I climbed KHP in the Catskills on the day before Irene.

For a longer trip report see The ADKHP fora.

You can see some more pictures from this trip here.


Flags Weekend: Sandwich Dome, Middle Tripyramid and North Tripyramid - White Mountains, New Hampshire - 10-11 September 2011

Saturday 10 September 2011
Sandwich Mountain / Drake's Brook Trailhead - Sandwich Mountain Trail - Jennings Peak Spur Trail - Jennings Peak U - Jennings Peak Spur Trail - Sandwich Mountain Trail - Sandwich Dome U - Sandwich Mountain Trail - Drake's Brook Trail - Sandwich Mountain / Drake's Brook Trailhead

Sunday 11 September 2011
Livermore Trailhead - Livermore Trail - Mt. Tripyramid Trail - Middle Tripyramid Mtn. - Mt. Tripyramid Trail - North Tripyramid Mtn. Scaur Ridge Trail - Mt. Tripyramid Trail - Livermore Trail - Livermore Trailhead

Every year hikers fly the American flag from each of the 4000 foot peaks in New Hampshire in remembrance of the victims of the theocratic attacks of September 2001. This year I again raised the flag on Middle Tripyramid, with old and new friend accompanying me. The day before I climbed Sandwich Dome, which is just 20 feet shy of being a 4000 footer.

For a longer trip report see Rocks on Top.

You can see more pictures from the Sandwich Dome here.

You can see more pictures from the Tripyramid hike here.

And here is the official Flags on the 48 site.


Equinox Mountain - Taconic Range, Vermont - 18 September 2011

Sunday 18 September 2011
Equinox Hotel - short roadwalk - Blue Trail - Equinox Mountain U - Blue Trail - Lookout Rock Trail - Lookout Rock - Yellow Trail - Blue Trail - spur to spring - spring U - spur to spring - Blue Trail - short roadwalk - Equinox Hotel

I hiked Mt. Equinox, the most prominent mountain in New England which is under 4000 feet high, with some friends.

For a longer trip report see Rocks on Top.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


North-South Trail, Rhode Island - 2 October 2011

Sunday 2 October 2011
Meadowbrook Pond Trailhead North-South Trail - Atlantic Ocean

Amicus and I finished our section hike of the North South Trail, arriving at the Atlantic Ocean at the end of section six.

For a trip report see Rocks on Top.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Cliff and Marshall - Adirondacks, New York - 15-16 October 2011

Saturday 15 October 2011
Upper Works - Calamity Brook Trail - Flowed Lands - Trail 121 - Colden Dam - Trail 121 - Uphill Leanto - Redfield Trail - Cliff Trail - Cliff Mountain U - Cliff Trail - bushwhack - Redfield Trail - Uphill Leanto

Sunday 16 October 2011
Uphill Leanto - Trail 121 - Colden Dam - Trail 121 - Herbert Brook Trail - Mount Marshall U - Herbert Brook Trail - Trail 121 - Flowed Lands - Calamity Brook Trail - Upper Works

I spent a wet weekend in the Adirondacks with Biji.

For a longer trip report see The ADKHP fora.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Big Spencer, Not White Cap, Big Moose, and Mount Blue, Maine - 5-7 November 2011

Saturday 5 November 2011
Big Spencer Trailhead - Big Spencer Trail - Big Spencer false summit - bushwhack - Big Spencer U - bushwhack - Big Spencer false summit - Big Spencer Trail - Big Spencer Trailhead

Sunday 6 November 2011
some back road in the Katahdin Iron Works - old road - old path - bushwhack - somewhere which is not White Cap U - bushwhack - old path - old road - some back road in the Katahdin Iron Works

Monday 7 November 2011
Big Moose Trailhead - Big Moose Trail - Big Moose U - Big Moose Trail - lookout spur - lookout U - lookout spur - Big Moose Trail - Big Moose Trailhead

Monday 7 November 2011
Mount Blue Trailhead - Mount Blue Trail - Mount Blue U - Mount Blue Trail - Big Moose Trail - Mount Blue Trailhead

My friend Whichway and I are both working on the New England Fifty Finest list, which is the fifty most prominent peaks in New England. We went to Maine, with Whichway's dog Delilah, and bagged three of them, while aborting an attempt at another.

On Saturday we climbed Big Spencer. This included my first real bushwhack.

On Sunday we attempted White Cap, but ended up aborting the hike.

On Monday we took two separate hikes, about a hundred miles apart. First we climbed Big Moose (formerly known as Big Squaw) and then Mount Blue, where a helicopter landed while we were there.

For a longer trip report see Rocks on Top.

I also have picture galleries for Big Spencer (Sat.), White Cap Attempt (Sun.), Big Moose and Mount Blue (Mon.), trip here.


West Kill Mountain - Catskills, New York - 11 December 2011

Sunday 11 December 2011
Spruceton Trailhead - Spruceton Road roadwalk - West Kill Trail - West Kill Falls - Devil's Path - Buck Ridge Lookout - Devil's Path - West Kill Mountain U - Devil's Path - Buck Ridge Lookout - Devil's Path - West Kill Falls - West Kill Trail - Spruceton Trailhead

This was a solo daytrip to the Catskills. Buck Ridge Lookout has great views.

For a longer trip report see Rocks on Top.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


White Mountains, New Hampshire - 29 December 2011 - 1 January 2012

Thursday 29 December 2011
Crawford Notch (Rte. 302) - roadwalk - Ethan Pond Trail - Willey Range Trail - Mt. Willey - Willey Range Trail - Mt. Field - Willey Range Trail - Avalon Trail - Crawford Depot

Friday 30 December 2011
Pine Bend Brook Trailhead - Pine Bend Brook Trail - Mt. Tripyramid Trail - North Tripyramid Mtn. Mt. Tripyramid Trail - Middle Tripyramid Mtn. U - Mt. Tripyramid Trail - North Tripyramid Mtn. - Mt. Tripyramid Trail - Pine Bend Brook Trail - Pine Bend Brook Trailhead

Saturday 31 December 2011

Nineteen Mile Trailhead - Rte. 16 roadwalk - Camp Dodge roadwalk - Imp Trail - North Carter Trail - Carter-Moriah Trail - Middle Carter Mtn. - Carter-Moriah Trail - point where we realized we'd gone past Middle Carter U - Carter-Moriah Trail - Middle Carter Mtn. - Carter-Moriah Trail - North Carter Trail - Imp Trail - Camp Dodge roadwalk - Rte. 16 roadwalk - Nineteen Mile Trailhead

Sunday 1 January 2012
Lowe's Store - Rte. 2 roadwalk - Lowe's Path - Randolph Path - Israel Ridge Path - whatever the name of the path which connects Israel Ridge with Edmands Col is called - Edmands Col - Gulfside Trail - Jefferson Loop - Mt. Jefferson U - Jefferson Loop - Gulfside Trail - Edmands Col - Gulfside Trail - that little connector - Lowe's Path - Mt. Adams U - Lowe's Path - Rte. 2 roadwalk - Lowe's Store

I spent the end and beginning of the years in the Whites with Laura again. We stayed in a motel and I took day hikes up into the mountains while she stayed in the valleys.

On Thursday I climbed Willey and Field in the Willey Range solo on a very cold day. On Friday I climbed North and Middle Tripyramid as part of a group accompanying a hiker finishing her New England 4000 footers. On Saturday I climbed Middle Carter in the Carter Range with my friends Big Earl and Trail Trotter (Sue). On Sunday I climbed Jefferson and Adams in the Presidential Range with Blue (Liza) and Mr. Blue (Mike).

For a longer trip reports see the Rocks on Top threads for The Willey Range (Thu.), The Tripyramids (Fri.), Middle Carter (Sat.), and Jefferson and Adams (Sun.).

I also have picture galleries for The Willey Range (Thu.), The Tripyramids (Fri.), Middle Carter (Sat.), and Jefferson and Adams (Sun.).


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