Recent rain followed by sustained temperatures below freezing created a hardened snowpack that was ideal for bushwhacking. These conditions allow you to tramp through the forest to anyplace you want to go. You can walk on top of the snow much the same way as walking on a paved surface!
|Snowshoes barely left an imprint on the hardened snowpack|
To take advantage of these marvelous conditions I did a loop hike of about 7 miles in the southeast corner of the Presidential Range Dry River Wilderness. About half of this trek was a bushwhack, and the other portion utilized the Mt. Langdon Trail (plus a small snippet of the Mt. Stanton Trail). At the end of this report is a map which provides a general idea of the route that I followed.
Shown below are some photos that were taken from various ledges along my route, as well as from a large logging cut located a bit NW of Mt. Langdon.
|Presidential Range and Wildcat-Carter Range|
|Slight zoom of Wildcat-Carter Range|
|Mt. Parker and Presidential Range|
|Mt. Carrigain (in distance on left) and Mt. Parker|
|South view (Bear Mtn and Bartlett Haystack in foreground; Sandwich Range peaks in distance)|
|East view (Peaks in "The Crippies" on left; Attitash Ski Area on right)|
|North Moat (slightly right of center); Attitash Ski Area on left|
|Cliffs sometimes referred to as "Back Stairs" with Mt. Pierce on far right|
Shown below is a composite photo showing zoomed images similar to what could be seen through binoculars.
|Zoomed images similar to what could be seen through binoculars|
The next composite shows the type of open woods that were present for the bushwhack portion of my trek.
|Open woods that were present for bushwhack portion of trek|
This last composite shows the trail signs that were seen along the portion of my hike that was done on-trail.
|Trail signs seen along the on-trail portion of my hike|
And to wrap it up, here are two miscellaneous snapshots.
|Mt. Langdon Shelter|
|Picturesque little cascade|
Lastly, as promised at the beginning of the report, shown below is a map which provides a general idea of the route for this adventure (click to enlarge).
|Map showing a general idea of the route used for this adventure|
To sum it up, the hardened snowpack conditions like those present on the day of this hike are a bushwhacker's dream come true!