On Christmas Eve 2013, I did a short, low-elevation loop hike in the northern Presidential Range using the following trails: The Link; Cliffway; Monaway; Amphibrach. Trail conditions were mixed due to recent rain that fell atop a snowpack, and then was followed by a sustained period of below freezing temperatures. For part of the hike, I wore Kahtoola KTS crampons, and snowshoes at other times. The total distance for this loop was about 5.7 miles.
Named landmarks along the route included: Memorial Bridge, Cold Brook Fall, White Cliff, and Bog Ledge. Presented below are some snapshots taken during this Christmas Eve trek.
|Memorial Bridge (along The Link trail)|
|Cold Brook Fall|
|Hiking on unbroken snow along The Link (after junction with Amphibrach)|
|King Ravine viewed from Bog Ledge|
|Zoomed view of King Ravine from Bog Ledge|
The next snapshot shows the pathway leading to/from Bog Ledge. For whatever reason, this scene is appealing to me.
|Pathway leading to/from Bog Ledge|
The vista of the Crescent Range from White Cliff has become tree-obstructed over the years. And considering the icy conditions along the ledge, I did not even attempt to get a better view by venturing onto the Along the Brink Trail (the name of this trail says it all). And so, shown below is the view from White Cliff that I had on this particular day.
|Tree-obstructed view of Crescent Range from White Cliff|
The next photo is merely a composite of some of the many trail signs seen along my route.
Some of the many trail signs seen along my route
And finally, presented below is a map which shows the route taken for this trek.
|Map showing the route taken for this trek|
To sum it up, this was a delightful way to spend about 3.5 hours on Christmas Eve, especially since there was still some snow at this nearby location. Due to the recent rain mentioned at the start of this report, the snowpack had all but disappeared in the Bethlehem area where I live. A frolic in snowy woods certainly enhances the holiday spirit! :-)