Perhaps a new term is being coined here, i.e. "un-blog-worthy"! That term is how I would characterize the hikes that I've been doing over the past several weeks. Therefore, I'm dusting off an old report about a trek that I did back in September 2010. So, here goes!
Looking at a topographic map, there is a 2,941 ft peak that is situated nearly due east of the Wildcat Ridge and nearly due west of North Baldface. It is unnamed on many topographic maps, but some peak-baggers refer to this mountain as "West Peak, North Baldface". However, I think of it as simply West Baldface.
I decided to visit this little mountain not for peakbagging purposes, but rather because it would be something different to do, plus it looked like a good spot for some interesting views, particularly of the Baldfaces.
My trek was launched from the end of East Branch Road (near Slippery Brook Road in general vicinity of Jackson, NH). I hiked northward along the East Branch Trail for several miles before turning eastward to follow old logging roads for another mile or so. Eventually, I left the logging roads and bushwhacked up the west slope of West Baldface. It was an easy bushwhack through ferns, birch and other hardwoods.
My route of travel is depicted on the map shown below. It's not the greatest map, but at least it shows the hiking trails, as well as the old logging roads in this area.
|My route of travel is highlighted in yellow on this map|
There is no single spot on the summit where there is a 360 degree view, but views in all directions are available by moving around from spot to spot on the summit area. Below are some photos from this trek.
|Looking eastward toward North and South Baldface|
|Looking westward over Wildcat Ridge toward Mt. Washington (on horizon at top/center)|
|Looking northward toward the rocky ridge of Mt. Moriah that extends into the Wild River Valley|
|Looking southward toward peaks in the Sandwich Range and other surrounding mountains|
|Summit area of West Baldface|
|The East Branch was flowing in many spots, but at other spots, it was very still and "reflective".|
This was a relatively easy trek since most of it was done either on-trail or on old logging roads, both of which were relatively flat with just an occasional slight pitch here and there. The only significant climb was the short bushwhack between a logging road and the top of West Baldface. I would roughly guesstimate that the hike was about 10 miles round trip.
To sum it up, this trek was done before Tropical Storm Irene which caused significant erosion in this area. And as a result, it might now be challenging to travel portions of the route that I used for this hiking adventure.