There are three little peaks in what I call the "Bartlett Haystack Mini-Mountain Range" (See map below).
|Map showing "Bartlett Haystack Mini-Mountain Range (click to enlarge)|
Here is a chronology of my visits to this mini-mountain range:
November 2012: Visited the main peak which is named Bartlett Haystack. (Click HERE to read that report).
August 2013: Visited the unnamed peak at the northern end of the range. (Click HERE to read that report).
September 2013: To complete the set, I decided to visit the unnamed middle peak of this range. Yes, it would have been more efficient if I had visited all three peaks by doing some sort of loop involving a bike or car spot. However, that's not the way things unfolded!
For the trek to "middle peak", I parked off to the side of one of the roadways in the Bartlett Experimental Forest and launched a bushwhack up the east side of the mountain range. Assurances have been received from a senior staff member of the Experimental Forest that it is permissible to bushwhack in this area. The only stipulation is that you do not disturb any flagging, instruments, or tools that you might come across along your route.
One unexpected aspect of my trek to the ledges on "middle peak" was the number of cascades that I encountered along an unnamed brook. The water flow was a bit meager, but at times of high water (snow melt, etc), these might be impressive.
Cascades seen along the way to the ledges on "middle peak"
Cairn at top of "middle peak"
Attitash Range with the more distant peaks in the Moat Range "peeking" over the top
|Northeasterly vista includes Attitash Range with Kearsarge North in the background|
Southward vista: Mt. Passaconaway and other peaks at eastern end of Sandwich Range
Partially obstructed view looking northward toward the Presidential Range
Very obstructed view of Crawford Notch from "middle peak"