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We headed to Waterville Valley this Sunday with the idea we'd do something short and sweet. I was sick for a week and we were looking for something to play around with. We started out from the seacoast to overcast skies and were happy to pull into the Valley to the sun shining. Clouds rolled over the ridgelines, before wisping away into nothing.

After a stop at the Resort and the purchase of a WVAIA map, we like to try and support local groups, we headed over to the Depot Camp parking lot and headed in Livermore Rd.

Waterville Valley is a ski area. There are extensive xc ski trails, all of which weren't in use due to the lack of snow. Ice and slush covered many portions of these trails, but nothing that would be usable for skiing.

Irene damaged hiking trails when it came through in 1999, and as a result some of the previous paths have shifted. Our map, the one we'd just bought, and AllTrails still show the old routes. There are new maps posted at trail heads. The map that we bought, other then being out of date, is a good map.

After a short walk along Livermore Rd, we headed up Irene's Path, the former Kettles Path.



Mount Tecumseh and the ski trails.



Still icy, but on this side of the valley at least, it was minimal. You'll pass one of the Kettles along Irene's. "Kettle, also called Kettle Hole, in geology, depression in a glacial outwash drift made by the melting of a detached mass of glacial ice that became wholly or partly buried. The occurrence of these stranded ice masses is thought to be the result of gradual accumulation of outwash atop the irregular glacier terminus." You'll have to go to get your Kettle fix, I didn't take a picture.



Headed up to the outlook at the Scaur.



This was a great, short hike with wonderful views.



We continued along Irene's path, which follows and then goes over the ridge line. At this point, the sun has not done any work on this side, and there was ice everywhere.



We hit the final down portion of Irene's Path and just decided it wasn't worth the risk. The path and surrounding slopes were solid sheets of ice and neither of us wanted to deal with butt sliding or possibly getting injured. So to heck with that! We turned around and went back. We'll check out the Flume at the bottom of Irene's another day.

Some stuff.



We didn't want it to be to easy though and decided to take the abandoned Scaur Trail instead of backtracking.

Headed down.



Looking up the trail. It was still in decent shape!







Water crossing still in good shape.



The trail markers can still be seen.



A short hop over the Mad River and we hooked up with Greeley Trail which took us back out to Livermore.



Short and sweet.



I think next time we'll try out the abandoned Flume Brook Trail to get to the Flume, instead of using Irene's again. There are quite a few trip reports from Steve Smith on his blog about this area that provide excellent information. I'm looking forward to exploring more of the Waterville Valley Area. It's got that special air to it, that I get from hiking around Paugus and Acadia. The Sandwich Range seems to hit my happy spot.


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Interesting report. I hiked the Scaur back in October 2014 and the path was still signed as the Kettles Path and nothing anywhere about Irene's Path () The WVAIA website says it was opened and renamed in 2014 so maybe signage was lagging behind then. It was a nice little hike and we added on the Big Pines spur to it, and now that I know there's more after the summit I'll have to go back. The Flume sounds interesting. As you mentioned Waterville Valley definitely has a nice feel to it much like Acadia and most of the Sandwich Range. If you like that feeling and haven't been to Evans Notch you must add that to your summer schedule. Many moderate sized hikes, especially on the eastern side of the road, that have that same feel to them. It's like a perfect mix of the Whites and Acadia. Could you tell why the old Scaur Path was abandoned? Washed out? Dangerous crossings? We didn't head down that way because the Greely Ponds trail was still closed too but I am curious why it was relocated.


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We did the Scaur in the fall. It was wonderful just sitting there looking at all the colors. If you're in the neighborhood again, check out Goodrich Rock. It's a huge boulder with a ladder you climb to get on top. The fun begins when you try to descend. There is something awkward about getting your foot to that top rung; you really think you're going to miss and fall to your death (the Herr girls put it on their Terrifying 25 list). And with spring coming, the cascade path will be beautiful (it's probably pretty half frozen as well). Great area, nice parking, nice bathrooms, and not too far away.


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Very cool pics and it looks like u made a great hike of it! It was a bluebird day for views. A neat area for sure.


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