This will be a short report about a BIG view!
In early October 2016, I did an off-trail trek to a small 2,342 ft peak. It has no official name, but some refer to it as Rocky Branch Dome. Below is a map which shows its location, as well as a general idea as to the route taken to get there.
|Map showing location of Rocky Branch Dome. Yellow highlighting shows general idea as to the route taken to get there.|
I've visited this spot on several occasions. My preferred route is to hike along the Rocky Branch Trail for about a mile; then head off the trail to bushwhack through the woods in a generally westerly direction for about a mile to arrive at a point about a tenth of a mile south of the summit; then head northward to reach the top. The vast majority of the bushwhack is easy-going through open hardwoods; however the final tenth of a mile is gnarly and slow-going.
The unofficial name of Rocky Branch Dome is a fitting moniker for this place since the summit area is indeed a massive dome-shaped rock which is essentially barren, except for some widely-scattered patches of low-growing scrub. This is an ideal setup for extensive views which are particularly breathtaking during the autumn foliage season.
Shown below are some photos taken during this adventure.
|Looking northward up the Rocky Branch Valley into the Presidential Range Dry River Wilderness. Mt. Washington is at center with its summit hidden by clouds.|
Along my bushwhack route, I came across these large boulders stacked on top of each other, like a giant cairn. Wonder how many thousands of years these boulders have been leading a perfectly 'balanced life'?