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Had such fun yesterday going on a trail hike and blazing some trails with our snow shoes. Snow shoeing? Shoeing? Too many vowels in a row if you ask me, but I'll go with it. But first, the snow shoes! New Show Shoes Picked these up last year off of REI and they worked great at breaking the trail for the Mrs. I loaded up a small back pack with some home made hot chocolate, extra hats, gloves, and we hit the trail. Fresh tracks to be made My pack also carried poles at the ready but never needed to use them. Wasn't sure what I needed so I over packed a little bit for our 2 1/2 hour hike.…

Sometime last this past spring we had an odd snow day where I took my old dog out for one last (most likely) hike in the snow. We took it real slow and the two miles took over an hour. Since then she has had surgery and gotten older. It snowed again here and I did not want to waste the opportunity. She loves the trail, she loves the walk, and even if her old bones were not willing to take her all the way, I was willing to carry her if needed. It was never needed. Making Fresh Tracks in the Snow! You can still see the shaved area from her spleen removal surgery. She was only given 6…

The North mountain, aka the non-tower mountain, has been an old favorite of mine. For many years this small and easy to climb mountain has seen its fair share of foot traffic. More so now with the well marked and newer trails. Yet there is still a "secret" back way up the mountain that is completely unmarked for hiking, yet a great way to go up. It takes parking at Brown's Corner and walking the Scribner trail (grew up calling it that, probably not on any map, but it's an old road with cellar holes along the way) and heading up the mountain that way. 4.6 mile round trip easy uncanoonuc hike The trail starts just behind the garage located…

Got a call from my buddy Paul (in the photo) asking if I wanted to go for a hike. Sunday was going to be an amazing day for the weather and that we should climb Mount Major. I quickly agreed, but with hesitation... Warm weather, fall colors, and Mount Major meant it was going to be packed on that mountain. While Mount Major isn't the tallest mountain in the Belknap Range, it is definitely the most popular. Let me show you why: Mount Major View over Lake Winnipesaukee That view. Mount Major is an quick but moderately difficult climb - around 50 minutes to an hour - to get to a bald mountain top that offers almost 360 degree views.…

We officially received our patches for finishing the Belknap Range this year. Lots of great hikes that spanned the course of 3 years to finish and get our patches. We are looking to the Ossipee range for next year and eventually the White Mountains. Patches with a nice note If you want to join in with some hikes and receive your patches, there is a full list of those hikes here: http://4000footers.com/lists.shtml Foggy view on Mount Major Some days the view is the destination, other days the hike is the adventure. Just get outdoors. It is worth it.

The last of the Belknap Range for my hiking series and probably one of the easiest to hike up if you wanted. At Gunstock Mountain there is a gravel road that goes straight up the front to access all of the towers on top of this mountain. So instead you park on the back side of the mountain by the elementary school and hike from there. Bridge path leading from the parking lot You start off on this very picturesque path and over a stream and start heading up the mountain. You have two choices, a yellow trail that goes straight up, or a blue trail that switchbacks many times to give you a more gradual climb. Since Cat hurt…

Successfully completed our loop climbing East Quarry to West Quarry and then onto Mount Rand and back. 4.67 Miles with a 1,293 elevation Between Quarry and Rand - Taking the Ledge Route Our trip too us roughly 2 hours and 20 minutes. We were taking our time overall and the Mrs twisted her ankle coming down Rand - she was tired - so that slowed us down also. The key take away from the injury is to take along some snacks. We've been doing quite a few of the easy hikes and while it was only two hours if your body doesn't have enough fuel to keep going you're bound to get injured. EAST QUARRY Easy Quarry Peak Both peaks…

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