Within the next few days, a detailed report about this loop hike in the Caribou-Speckled Wilderness area will be available at my hiking partner's excellent Blog entitled "Mountain Wandering". Steve does a much better job than I could ever do when it comes to presenting details about a hike such as this. I'll add a direct link to his report once it appears on his Blog.
UPDATE (16-May-2011): Steve's detailed Blog report is now available. Click HERE for the link to it.
I'll just briefly state that three of us participated in this hike in the State of Maine on 12-May-2011: Steve, John G., and me (John C.). The on-trail portion of this loop was 10.3 miles. We did a couple of short off-trail forays which increased the total mileage by a few tenths of a mile. The trails involved in this loop were: Miles Notch Trail; Red Rock Trail; Great Brook Trail. Our route is highlighted on the map below. (NOTE: Clicking on the map will slightly enlarge it.)
The highlight of this hike, at least for me, was visiting the massive cliff just a bit east of the summit of Red Rock Mountain. Shown below is a snapshot of this cliff that was taken last autumn from a spot named Lord Hill.
Shown in the photo below is Steve on one of the ledges atop this massive Red Rock cliff.
And, the next snapshot shows a portion of the red-tinged cliff-face that can be seen by peering over the edge.
There are numerous very striking vistas to be seen from the cliff on Red Rock Mountain, and at several other lookouts along this loop. Shown below is just a small sampling.
A southwesterly view showing Kearsarge North and portions of the Moats, Chocorua, Passaconaway
A due south view showing Kezar Lake and Pleasant Mountain
A highly-zoomed view to the west showing Mt. Washington
And besides the distant vistas, there were many lovely things to see that were much closer. For example, there were numerous wildflowers in bloom. Shown below is a collage of several of the flowers that were seen.
The snapshot shown below is by far NOT the best photo ever taken of a turkey vulture! However, we enjoyed watching this guy perform aerial acrobatics as we sat atop the Red Rock cliff.
Toward the end of our loop, we stopped to take some snapshots of a picturesque cascade along Great Brook. Sunset was fast approaching and so the lighting wasn't the best.
And, shown below is just one final photo. It shows a couple of old porcelain trail signs that we encountered along our route. I'm certain that Steve will provide more details about these signs in his report.
To sum it up, please keep an eye out for Steve's report on his Blog. As indicated earlier, I'll update my Blog to include a direct link to his report once it's available.
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