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Because they go to the places they do. :beer: Way to go boys!

I, on the other hand, headed back to the Whites to do another "list" 4K. Today's foray was back to Hale. BUT WAIT!

Before you all get all uppity and righteous and virtuous and pretentious (I think those last two are fifty cent words Brian) hear me out. I had been itching to get on the Fire Warden's Trail for two or three winters now. For various and assorted injuries and weather issues and gear malfunctions and car troubles and other issues I have not made it. Until today.

What. A. Hike!

For those of you who have hiked this trail, you already know. There's something magical about the birch glades and the side-trail mini waterfalls and tumbling streams. I wish there had been more snow but then we wouldn't have had the pleasure of all the mini falls.

Hit the trail at 8 with Cathie, Hiker Ed came upon and passed us about 9. Nice to chat with him. Didn't ask what # he was on but I do know he is on his sixth grid go-round. Summit by 11 after lots of pictures, and a bit of confusion about a river crossing and then kinda sorta finding the trail by accident. We only saw two other hikers as we were leaving summit (Jeff and Brian if anybody knows them - they were going on to do Zealand and the Twins), and another guy who was just starting as we got back to Little River by 2ish.

For those of you who have not hiked the trail, I will again let the pictures tell the story ~ they are more eloquent than my words.

No, the river is not flowing on an angle. Too lazy to grab my tripod...
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Twin Trail Proper
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Didn't take long to come upon some ice
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This little tree is doing its best to let us know spring has arrived
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We thought we had to continue along the Twin Trail, so....
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...we went upstream to find a safe crossing
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Nope. Not here
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Saw some cool water"falls" while we kept hiking along the river
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Figured out the trail and found the beginning of FWT
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Getting into the birches
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Hiker Ed
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Time for traction. We spiked up, cramped down
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And here we're back to winter. Fine with me. :)
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Old Man's Bearded Forest
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Didn't expect any views so this was a nice surprise
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I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaack
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A passing shot of the birch on our way down
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Be happy for me.

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Didn't ask what # he was on but I do know he is on his sixth grid go-round.


:shock:

I've heard about the birch glades on the Firewarden's Trail but never saw a picture. They actually look really nice. Might have to go up this way if I ever do Hale again.

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Kathy wrote:
Because they go to the places they do. :beer: Way to go boys!


First off, Pirr is a girl. :wink:

Kathy wrote:
Before you all get all uppity and righteous and virtuous and pretentious


Second off, I don't claim anything I hike is "better" than anything anyone else hikes, it just works better for me and my tastes. To each their own.

Kathy wrote:
No, the river is now flowing on an angle. Too lazy to grab my tripod...
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Third off (Gorgeous shot by the way!) we refer to that as "Dingo-ing" the shot! :D Unfortunately he and his beautiful photo's have gone the way of Facebook. :(

Kathy wrote:
Be happy for me.


Fourth off (can I say that?? :) ) since you called me by name, errr screen-name initials, I'm happy for anyone hiking anywhere for any reason. If the 48 is what floats your boat... :beer: . I don't get the fascination with those 48 peaks and likely never will, but that doesn't matter. If it makes your heart sing hike Hale 1000 times! :D The fire wardens trail has been on my list for years but I haven't made it yet. The birch glades look beautiful. The rest of the hike, ummm, did I mention the birch glades look beautiful?? 8)


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Kathy wrote:
Because they go to the places they do. :beer: Way to go boys!


First off, Pirr is a girl. :wink:
OOPS! My bad!!!!! Sorry Pirr. :oops:

Kathy wrote:
Before you all get all uppity and righteous and virtuous and pretentious


Second off, I don't claim anything I hike is "better" than anything anyone else hikes, it just works better for me and my tastes. To each their own.
Aw, c'mon. I know that you know that I am just raggin' on ya!


Kathy wrote:
No, the river is now flowing on an angle. Too lazy to grab my tripod...
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Third off (Gorgeous shot by the way!) we refer to that as "Dingo-ing" the shot! :D Unfortunately he and his beautiful photo's have gone the way of Facebook. :(
Thanks. Easy to take nice shots when surrounded by gorgeous woodlands.

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Be happy for me.


Fourth off (can I say that?? :) ) since you called me by name, errr screen-name initials, I'm happy for anyone hiking anywhere for any reason. If the 48 is what floats your boat... :beer: . I don't get the fascination with those 48 peaks and likely never will, but that doesn't matter. If it makes your heart sing hike Hale 1000 times! :D The fire wardens trail has been on my list for years but I haven't made it yet. The birch glades look beautiful. The rest of the hike, ummm, did I mention the birch glades look beautiful?? 8)

I won't hike Hale 1000 times. I may not hike Hale again. No. Wait. I will. :wink: I definitely want to get up there on that trail in true winter conditions. Definitely timed it right and had very little company so it certainly had a more remote feel than it might with more boots on it.

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I always thought Pirr was one of the ladies. Thanks for the confirmation.

We so want to do Fire Warden"s. We almost did several weeks ago, but the parking area was full. And now I'm doing the Physical Therapy Trail for a few weeks.

Loved the little branch coming through that ice!


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Kathy wrote:
Before you all get all uppity and righteous and virtuous and pretentious


Second off, I don't claim anything I hike is "better" than anything anyone else hikes, it just works better for me and my tastes. To each their own.
Aw, c'mon. I know that you know that I am just raggin' on ya!


Oh I do, that may have come off as defensive, it's not. I just thought I'd used enough smileys already to relay the friendly ribbing was taken as just that. Rag away! :D :beer: :D :beer: :D

Now, stay tuned for another report from Maine! :lol:


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I've heard about the birch glades on the Firewarden's Trail but never saw a picture. They actually look really nice. Might have to go up this way if I ever do Hale again.


Go on a bluebird winter day. Or in June for the contrast with the green-ness around them. Or in fall. I too had heard and never seen pictures. The pictures do not do them justice. Not even a little bit Spence.

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I always thought Pirr was one of the ladies. Thanks for the confirmation.

We so want to do Fire Warden"s. We almost did several weeks ago, but the parking area was full. And now I'm doing the Physical Therapy Trail for a few weeks.

Loved the little branch coming through that ice!

HA HA. Good one Beckie. Done the physical therapy trail myself. Too many times. Do what they say...but you know the drill. You'll be back in no time. And that little branch struck me funny. It was like "hnnnnnnnnnnnnnnngh. J-u-s-t a little bit moooooore......" :)

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Now, stay tuned for another report from Maine! :lol:

I will be back to you about Maine hikes. That is on my list for the summer and I'll need some guidance. I'll be in California in May (San Jacinto is where I believe my big bro will be taking me). Then for the summer, Maine. Vermont. Canadian border. Perhaps NH sprinkled in.

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The fire wardens trail was pretty neat. Easy enough approach. Cool shots on the water. I've only hiked it in winter so it's cool to see what it looks like otherwise. That summit cairn looks ridiculous when not covered by a few feet of snow! I have never followed the north twin trail proper all the way. There is a perfectly good herd path on the east side. They may as well just discontinue the official trail between the first and second crossing. The east side sees more traffic anyway. The original version of this trail had nice bridges for the fire warden to drive his Jeep over those junk crossings. The most interesting thing I saw when going up the FWT was the amount if back country ski tracks dipping in and about the birch glades. Looks like it would be a blast bobbing about there.


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The most interesting thing I saw when going up the FWT was the amount if back country ski tracks dipping in and about the birch glades. Looks like it would be a blast bobbing about there.

You know, Peter, one of my reasons for wanting to hike it was to scope it out for just that - bc skiing. We were talking about that on our way out. I now know that I would not ski it. I am simply not that good a skier. I would though, ski the North Twin Trail approach then stash my skis and enjoy the glades on snowshoes.

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Yeah, the summit of Hale isn't much to look at. And for all intents and purposes, there are no longer any views from there. At least Hale proper. :wink: But if you look around there is plenty of history. Just don't follow the herd-path to the bathroom. Talk about your TP blossoms. :shock:

But a stroll up the old Fire Wardens Trail makes it worthwhile in itself. Birch Glades are my thing and there's acres of them there. I can't understand why they don't just turn that back into an official trail. I've done it in winter and summer and it wouldn't take much at all to get it into shape. Heck, as it is it's in better shape than many trails I've been on. No water crossings and almost no major muddy areas.

Great trail! Go Kathy! :beer:
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I would never harp on you for doing your thing, Kathy. As long as you don't become a Gridiot, it's all good.

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I would never harp on you for doing your thing, Kathy. As long as you don't become a Gridiot, it's all good.

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What if she becomes a Hardcore Griddiot? :lol:


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