I was really happy that I decided to make a return visit. The autumn colors were much richer than before.
Shown below is approximately the same view, but photographed 2-weeks apart. This further illustrates what a color difference there was between my two visits to these ledges.
The next two snapshots were also taken from the ledges, and they serve to showcase the colorful autumn scenes on this 11th day of October.
While exploring the ledges, I found cairns in addition to those already seen by Steve and I during our visit. As I understand it, there might have been a brief period of time (over a half century ago) when a segment of the Appalachian Trail followed a route over the ledges on Bald Cap Peak. Possibly, these cairns are the leftovers from that routing. (NOTE: See Addendum at the end of this report.)
Shown below is a snapshot of one of the old cairns.
As already mentioned in one of my Blogs, getting to the ledges on Bald Cap Peak involves a bushwhack. For this trek, the approach route was completely different from the frontal "attack" that was used for a similar adventure 2-weeks earlier. This time, I left the Peabody Brook Trail at a point near the southwest end of Dream Lake and did an easy bushwhack of about a half-mile through open woods.
UPDATE: Since the time this report was written, the Shelburne Trails Club has constructed a hiking trail to Bald Cap Peak Ledges. And therefore, a bushwhack is no longer required to reach this destination. Click HERE for more details).
After visiting the ledges, I returned to the Peabody Brook Trail and then continued northward along the trail for a brief visit to the viewpoint of Dream Lake at its northern tip. I had a snack, and took a few photos (one of which is shown below).
If you have recently been to Dream Lake via the Peabody Brook Trail, then you already know that beaver activity has created a large pool of water in the middle of the trail. Fortunately, there is a workaround via a mini-bushwhack through the adjacent woods.
For the return leg of my hike, I simply followed the Peabody Brook Trail back to the trailhead.
Okay, the next photos have nothing whatsoever to do with my trek to Bald Cap Peak and Dream Lake. They were taken in Sugar Hill, NH on the day prior to my trek. I simply thought they were autumn photos which were worthy of sharing! :-)
To sum it up, although I went back for a "second-helping" of the ledges on Bald Cap Peak, I don't feel overstuffed.
I'm just pleasantly full!
ADDENDUM (Added 20-Oct-2011):
This addendum relates to statements made in the original version of this report pertaining to the Appalachian Trail.
Larry Ely has provided me with the results of some excellent research he did regarding the Peabody Brook Trail (PBT) and the Appalachian Trail (AT) as it once existed in the Shelburne area. Larry has served in leadership positions with both the Appalachian Mountain Club and Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and he is the current President of the Shelburne Trails Club.
The AT followed the Mahoosuc Trail from Gorham to Mt. Hayes and beyond until 1952/1953 when it was rerouted to the PBT. The sheet maps included with the White Mountain Guide (WMG) for the 1940, 1948, 1952, and 1955 editions showed the PBT traversing the south end of Bald Cap Peak (BCP) and then swinging around to its east side. However, there is no written description for such a route in the WMGs. Starting with the 1953 supplement to the WMG (and all subsequent editions of the WMG) the PBT is distinctly described as climbing directly to Dream Lake on the west side of BCP (and thus NOT going over the ledges on the south end of BCP).
Even though the sheet maps for early editions of the WMG seem to show a route for the PBT that involves Bald Cap Peak, Larry feels that the AT itself never followed such a route. However, he adds that at one point in time, there might well have been a trail that followed such a corridor.