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25 August 2013

Views from Ledges at North End of Bartlett Haystack Mountain Range

In the title of this report, reference is made to the "Bartlett Haystack Mountain Range".  Perhaps "mountain range" is a technically incorrect term to use for the chain of lumps and bumps that parade northward from the peak known as Bartlett Haystack.  But for the purposes of this Blog, I'll use that terminology.

Recently, I did a bushwhack to several ledges at the northern end of the Bartlett Haystack mountain range.  I parked just a bit west of Bartlett, NH at the Sawyer Rock rest area on Rt. 302.  From there I trekked south along the west side of an unnamed brook for about half a mile, then headed east for about a third of a mile to the top of the ridgeline.  Once on the ridgeline, I explored ledges located a few tenths of a mile to the left (north) and to the right (south) of my point of entry.   The vast majority of this trek was through open woods.  Very little "whacking" of bushes was required! :-)

Presented below is a composite picture which shows a topo map on the left panel, and a Google Earth image on the right.  My approximate bushwhack route is shown on each panel.
Graphics showing my bushwhack route
The remainder of this report consists of several photos of the vistas that were seen during my trek.
Looking north up Crawford Notch: Prominent landmarks include Mt Carrigain (left); Mt Willey (right)
Another northward view up Crawford Notch: Prominent on right side is Hart Ledge
Yet another northward view up Crawford Notch (similar to two previous photos)
Hart Ledge (foreground); Razor Brook Valley (right); Mt Resolution and Presidentials (background)
Zoomed photo of Mt Resolution and Presidentials
LEFT: Bear Mtn (looks pointy from this vantage point); RIGHT: middle peak of Bartlett Haystack Range
Mt Tremont
Mt Carrigain
Cliffs on Iron Mountain
Okay, in the center of the next photo is a tiny ledge.  This will mean nothing to you unless by some odd chance you happen to recall reading an old Blog report that I wrote about visiting this ledge while en route to Table Mountain. (Click HERE to access that report.)
Ledge located near Table Mountain
All the ledges I visited on this trek were spacious and flat enough to sit and enjoy the vistas.  The next photo shows one of the ledges.
One of several ledges visited on this trek
At the beginning of this report, I mentioned that my route took me along an unnamed brook.  There was very little water flowing, but at one point along this brook there was a rocky chute which looks like it might have potential for a picturesque cascade at times of high water.  The next photo was taken from the top of the chute looking downward.
Looking downward from top of chute which might become a cascade at high water
The next photo shows the light flow of water at the bottom of the chute.
Light flow of water at the bottom of the chute . . . sort of a mini-cascade
To sum it up, there were some very pleasant views from various ledges at the north end of what I've chosen to refer to as the Bartlett Haystack Mountain Range.  This was a relatively short trek of less than 3 miles round-trip.  And although there was an elevation gain of about 1,400 ft., there were no spots that I would consider to be overly steep. 

8 comments:

  1. Wow...a creative and extremely rewarding exploration of this mini-range, John! What a tremendous variety of views you discovered. And good sitting ledges, too!

    Steve

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    1. Thanks Steve!

      This was one of those things that just happened to work out very nicely. I had visited one of these ledges a few years ago . . . good views, but bad route!

      Decided to try it again, but using a different route plus adding a few more ledges. The route used for this trek was far superior to the one used for my previous trek to this area. I was pleasantly surprised that each of the ledges had comfortable “seating” for sit-down viewing. Each ledge had its own unique vista. In order to experience all the vistas shown in this report, it required moving from one ledge location to another.

      John

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  2. Hi again John,

    It was fun to read this report and also fun to read the June 2011 report about your loop hike to Table Mountain. How wonderful to see an obscure spot on Google Earth and then decided to visit that spot in person! You certainly have a knack for bushwhacking to interesting places.

    As always, in this post I enjoyed your pairing of the topo map with the Google Earth image. The views from these ledges are truly remarkable. Looks like you had another good day for a great hike.

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    1. Thanks Rita for taking time to read and comment on this report, as well as my June 2011 report.

      Regarding bushwhacking, it certainly provides a means for visiting interesting places that are unreachable by hiking trails. Don’t know if it can be considered as a separate sport, or just a subset of hiking. Regardless, it’s an activity that I enjoy.

      John

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  3. Thanks for sharing.
    Beautiful forest...

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    1. Thank you for your comments!

      There are indeed some beautiful sections of forest in the area where this hike occurred. And there are some terrific ledges in this vicinity for viewing the surrounding mountains and valleys.

      John

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  4. Beautiful views! Mountains always leave me in awe - Hawaii has some staggering views where you can see the ocean on your left and forested mountains on your right. Nice photos; you have a good eye for photography :)

    -James

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    1. Thanks James for dropping by to view my Blog. That combination view of ocean and forested mountains in Hawaii must indeed be staggering. Glad you liked my photos. :-)

      John

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