Monthly Archives: July 2019

Day 5 – A Difficult but Enjoyable Day

After crossing Sandy River, I headed uphill, but not too steeply, past the Plaza Rock Lean-to. The path got a bit more steep past Ethyl and Eddy Ponds. The climb steepened considerably toward Saddleback Mountain. Near the top, I left the trees behind and often walked on massive bedrock (see photo). The hike above tree line continued for 4 miles to the Horn.
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Day 4 – A Less Difficult Day

A pond with a sandy beach proved to be the high point of the day. Five of us hikers enjoyed a dip in the cool water! The trail continued to meander up and down to the Little River Pond campsite, where I ate lunch and got water. After lunch I passed by South Pond (see photo).
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Day 3 – Difficult Hiking with a Full Pack

The elevation trace of the trail for the rest of the day looked easy with not much elevation gain and only one steep descent. But numerous short ups and downs plus lots of rocky trail wore me out. After reaching Bemis Mountain, I walked another half hour to a look out for lunch. The scene included two huge lakes (see photo).
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Day 2 – Confronting The boogeyman

The trail dropped 300 ft. to a tiny stream where I got water (see photo). It may look funky but so what? I quickly passed the empty Hall Mountain lean-to. The rest of the day included one steep climb bracket by two steep descents. All three looked formidable in the AT Guide’s elevation profile. I wasn’t sure I could negotiate them.
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