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28 August 2013

A Follow-up to a Trek to East Hale

This is a follow-up to a bushwhack that I did a few weeks ago to the summit of East Hale. 
(Click HERE to read that report.)

From one of the many ledges at the top of East Hale, I spotted a small cliff that I had never noticed before.  Shown in the next photo is a zoomed photo that I took of that cliff.
Zoomed photo of cliff spotted from East Hale several weeks ago
Upon returning home, I determined that this unnamed cliff is located on the east side of the Zealand River about 0.3 mile SE of the Hale Brook trailhead.  Although it would be a short and easy bushwhack to reach this cliff, it took me about 3 weeks to get around to doing it!  Anyway, shown below are a series of photos taken while bushwhacking to the cliff that I spotted from East Hale.

The following photo shows a portion of the cliff as viewed from the bottom.  As you can probably tell, there is a lot more cliff beyond what is seen in this photo.
A portion of the cliff, as viewed from ground level
By going to the far western end of the cliff, I was able to find an easy way up to the top.  I was unsure what to expect once I got there.  It was a very pleasant surprise to get some pretty big views from such a small cliff!

It was fun to look upward toward the vantage point on East Hale where I had spotted this cliff a few weeks ago.  (Shown below are two photos showing this particular vista.)
Looking up at East Hale from the top of the small cliff
Zoomed photo of East Hale
Another pleasant view from this cliff was a vista that included the southern end of the Willey Mountain Range, and a portion of the Zealand Valley (see next photo).

South end of Willey Range, and portion of the Zealand Valley, as viewed from small cliff
And so, the preceding text and photos summarize the follow-up that I did regarding a visit to East Hale a weeks ago.
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Since this follow-up adventure took so little time, I took the opportunity to do some additional meandering.  I jumped in my car and headed southward down Rt. 302 toward Bartlett to check out a few things for some future treks.

Along the way, I pulled over to the wide shoulder on Rt. 302 near the Mt. Tremont trailhead.  From that vantage point, I was able to snap a photo of one of the many ledges that I had visited a few days ago while exploring the northern end of what I call the Bartlett Haystack Mountain Range.   So, I guess in a way, this report also serves as a follow-up to that bushwhacking adventure!  (Click HERE to read that report.)

One of several ledges visited during recent bushwhack to north end of Bartlett Haystack Mountain Range
The following two photos are unconnected to any of my recent hikes.  They are merely a couple of random snapshots taken while in the general area of Bartlett.  Perhaps they might be of some interest to a few readers.  
Saco River as viewed from a point near the trailhead for the Davis Path
Conway Scenic Railroad train departing Bartlett Station
To sum it up, I was pleasantly surprised by the views that I got from the little cliff that I spotted during my trek to East Hale a few weeks ago.  It's sometimes odd how one bushwhack can spawn another bushwhack! :-)


Rita Wechter said...

Another bushwhacking winner, John!

The views from that ledge are awesome, and worth the three week wait!
Do I spy the leaves changing color in your third photo? I guess that time of year is upon us (in the mountains at least.)

I enjoyed your final photos too. It's always nice to see the picturesque waterways of New England. And the scenic railway looks nice too.
I think I've asked you this question in a previous post, but have you and Cheri ever taken a New England scenic railroad ride? I noticed in Vermont that there are several scenic railways departing from all over the state. That's something for me to do—and blog about!— in the future.

1HappyHiker said...

Hi Rita,

Yup! Some of the leaves are indeed in the early stage of the Autumn color change! My absolutely favorite time of year, and it seems to fly by in an instant!

Regarding your question about whether Cheri and I have ever taken a New England scenic railroad ride, we have done this on a couple of occasions, but it has been a few years ago. It’s something that I think you might definitely consider for your next visit to New England. It does provide a means for obtaining a broad overview of a particular area.

As always, thank you for your comments!


Karl said...

Very nice, John! I'm always in awe of how you find ledges and other cool spots to checkout...from previous treks!


1HappyHiker said...

Hey Karl,

Thanks for your kind words!

Since I like visiting places that are new to me, it’s always a bonus when something is seen on a bushwhack that spawns yet another bushwhack to a new destination. But trust me, it’s far from being automatic that I find a new place to visit each time I go out. :-)