In late July 2018, there was a day when my time for hiking was limited. After a bit of consideration, I opted to drive less than an hour from my home to hike to a cliff that is named Victor Head. Many years had passed since I last visited this precipice located in the relatively remote Great North Woods region of northern New Hampshire.
Since the Great North Woods is off the beaten path, this region generally receives less hiker traffic than some of the more popular destinations in other parts of the State. And as a result, you stand a better chance of being alone here to more fully experience Mother Nature’s sounds, sights, fragrances. Even if it’s just for a brief visit, I think many of us have a hunger to witness the more primitive form of nature that our ancestors knew.
Anyway, my hike to Victor Head was a simple “out-and-back” trek using the same trails for the outbound and inbound segments of the journey. The round-trip distance was just under 5-miles with a modest elevation gain of about 1,130 ft.
|Map showing my route of travel as highlighted in purple|
|A segment of the Old Summer Club Trail on the final approach to the Victor Head Side Trail. Remote, lightly-used, lovely!|
Shown above is a view of South and North Percy from a short spur path off the Victor Head Side Trail.
(Perhaps it should be noted that you can reach these two peaks by continuing onward on the Old Summer Club Trail beyond the turn off for Victor Head. Doing so would ADD about 2,100 ft of elevation gain, and about another 5 miles to your round-trip journey.)
|A short distance off the Old Summer Club Trail is this small, but picturesque, cascade along Rowell Brook.|
|Along the way, a quick side-trip was made to admire the brand new Devil’s Rest Shelter. It’s located along the Old Summer Club Trail, just a short distance west of Rowell Brook. Click HERE to read a very nice write-up about this new shelter.|
This is just a random photo taken en route to Victor Head.
Bunchberry, moss, fern . . . what’s not to like about the ground cover of our New England forests? :-)
TO SUM IT UP:
Since this was just a short write-up about a short hike, perhaps this blog posting is best ended with a short quote from the naturalist John Muir: “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”