Mt. Kearsarge - 10/30/05 - 3 miles - Tim, Danielle, Fuzz

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An early snow a few days before our hike covered the trail with a couple inches of snow.
We followed the 1.1 mile long Wilson trail to the summit and came down the 1.8 mile Barlow trail. This easy loop makes this one of the more accessible mountains in New Hampshire.
Another trailhead sign appeared a short distance into the woods.
Many hikers made their way up the mountain since it snowed. All these boots cleared much of the path.
Usually the snow falls on the leaves, not the other way around.
The snow was wet and heavy. We got dripped on the entire way to the top.
Our first viewpoint about 1/4 mile below the summit.
It took us about an hour to reach the top. When we got there the wind was whipping and the temperature was cold. The tower was making all sorts of noise from the wind.
It was such a clear day we had nice views in all directions.
Mr. Kearsarge is towards the southern end of the state. There aren't many hills south of here.
The summit sign.
The ranger tower is now surrounded by radio dishes. We thought about going up to the tower, but the stairs were all icy.
Another view looking west, I think.
Danielle and Tim on top of Mt. Kearsarge.
The summit is wide open and very broad. We found a nice little picnic area between the two peaks.
Another view of the towers.
The old ranger cabin is run down and dirty. There's also some holes in the roof where ice from the tower crashed through.
On our way down from the summit we found this small bog. The top half of the trail was icy, but as we got lower the snow melted into puddles in the trial.
Even though there was snow on the ground the fall colors were still hanging on. We had a nice hike up Mt. Kearsarge. The trip took us about 3 hours, including all the time we spent exploring the summit.

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