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 "Springtime" on Mt. Agamenticus - 4/3/16 
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 "Springtime" on Mt. Agamenticus - 4/3/16
It sure doesn't feel like spring out there! :( But after the nice coating of snow we got Sunday morning I decided to head out and make the most of it with a quick hike around a local favorite, so after lunch I headed for Mt. Agamenticus yet again. They're really working hard on improvements to the trails and signage here lately so I guess it's time for another report from the place. The winds were howling all day, but somehow the snow managed to stay frozen to the trees down low, although the tops were frequently blown clear of snow (which of course fell on me) throughout the day. I started on the Ring Trail and took that up, only to take the Rocky Road Trail down again, passing some vernal pools on the way to the Porcupine Trail. From there it was out and up the unnamed alternate route to the 555 foot high summit of Second Hill, passing the scenic little gorge along the way that is usually dry, but today had some water tumbling through it.

Hopefully the last helping of fresh snow cones for 2016
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The wind was blowing a steady 25mph yesterday
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Somehow the snow all managed to cling to the trees, at least down low
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The vernal pools must be wondering what the heck is going on with the weather this week
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The little canyon near Second Hill had some little falls flowing today
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Scraggly lonely pine near the summit
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Bonus ocean views until the leaves come back
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Turkey vulture doing a summit fly-by
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After the summit of Second Hill it was on to Third. You have to go down through the notch between them and then climb 300 feet to the summit. It used to be a challenge of sorts to find this hill but signage and trail maintenance has improved greatly over the last year or two and now it's easy to find and you actually have three or 4 routes to pick and choose from. I chose the Ledge Trail which is my favorite and unique with the large expanse of open ledge in the middle of it. Not open enough for views mind you, but plenty of bedrock to walk along to the junction with the Third Hill Trail, and from there it was a short walk to the towering 526 foot high summit.

More vernal pools in the notch
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New sign at the base of Third Hill
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Nice woods on the lower Ledge Trail
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Couldn't be the Ledge Trail without some ledge
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Summit ledges of Third Hill
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I took the north branch of the Third Hill Trail down and made the trip back on the Ridge Trail around the summit of Second Hill to meet up with the Porcupine, Chestnut Oak and Sweet Fern Trails that would bring me to the summit of First Hill, aka Mount Agamenticus. The winds were pretty blustery up on the open summit 692 feet above sea level, and clouds obscured the nice open views to the north, but the coast was in the clear with the bright blue covered in whitecaps to the horizon. The Blueberry Bluff trail is a favorite of mine on this little mountain so I took it down to the Ring Trail and took that to the car and called it a day.

Headed down the Third Hill Trail
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Balanced rock
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Split rock
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Ridge Trail working its way around Second Hill
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Then pleasantly up a shoulder of it
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Back on Porcupine
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Sweet Fern was a ski trail, and this is at the bottom of it
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Part of the universally accessible Big A trail is completed
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Blustery summit with the old ski lodge (now a learning lodge)
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The Atlantic and Third Hill framed by the old ski lift
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VFTT of Second and Third Hills
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New summit platform on First Hill
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Another local favorite in the distance
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Pretty crazy weather for April, but it made a hike I've done a lot new and different. The trails are always the same but never quite the same and I always enjoy the hiking the Big A has to offer. It can be busy at times but yesterday on my 6 mile hike (only about 1100 feet of elevation gain on the roller coaster route) I saw only two other hikers, one trail runner and a guy on a fat bike. Not bad for a spring outing, although only the calendar says it's spring. For the last couple days Mother Nature has said winter isn't ready to give up just yet. I like snow, but at this point hopefully leaf buds and wildflowers are right around the corner.


Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:35 pm
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There's something about gray overcast days, that seem to work well as black and white photography. Great pics.


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local favorite in the distance? Monadnock?

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local favorite in the distance? Monadnock?


Blasphemy!! :D It's actually Pawtuckaway. Not sure you can see Monadnock from York. But I'm sure you can see it from Pawtuckaway, so maybe. Not like there's much else between the two.


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AND NO TICKS!!!!!!!!!


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