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 Middle Pawtuckaway or Anyone post a picture of Bob yet?! :D 
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 Middle Pawtuckaway or Anyone post a picture of Bob yet?! :D
Well, since I don't have a picture of Bob to keep the game going I suppose I'll just have to flood the site with yet another Pawtuckaway report! :twisted:

Had a few hours to kill this afternoon so I headed over to Pawtuckaway to do a little exploring. I decided to make the easy whack up to the ledges of Middle Mountain. The gates to the park roads were open, so I parked at the Mountain Trail on Tower Road and started walking up the road. You get a nice little view of the ledges over a pond and just after the pond I took a left into the woods. The slope up to the ledges from there was pretty steep but fairly dry and switch-backing up along the drainage that leads directly to the ledges went quickly. A handful of vultures took off as I got close and circled overhead while I was there having a look around. Decent little viewpoint out over southern NH with South Mountain, the Uncs, Monadnocks and Crotched Mountains. Not too shabby for a 350 foot climb.

The ice was all gone last week :(
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The ledges of Middle Pawtuckaway Mountain
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Decent enough perch 350 feet above the park road
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Fairly steep climb but easy enough if you follow the drainage
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Largest open ledge area
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Looking out at South Mountain and the tower
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Nice little view of nothing
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Flyby
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The Uncanoonucs and Monadnocks
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Methuselah
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After poking around the ledges I followed the actual Middle Mountain Trail along the flat summit ridge. As far as I know there is no summit register (maybe someone should put one up there :wink: ) so I moved along over the forested summit and down the other side to the site of the former Goodrich homestead. All that remains is the cellar holes and family graveyard, where Sally and much of her family is buried. It was Sally's grandson George who is responsible for the state of NH getting the land for the park in the 1920's so an interesting piece of park history to visit whenever you go by. From there I took the Mountain Trail, which looped around a pond with views of Middle Mountain, before bushwhacking along the edge for a ways back to the road. Not much more to it than that. Only a mile and a half with 400 feet of climbing, but a nice way to kill a couple hours.

First spring green I've seen in the woods this year near the site of the old farmhouse
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Goodrich family graveyard
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Strangely it does not go up a mountain
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Middle Pawtuckaway across the pond
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Interesting, dontcha think, that Methuselah (the tree, not the man) is purported to be in those other White Mountains.

And, thanks GG for the tr. Taking my school group there in a couple of weeks for our annual intersession hike and you may have saved me a trip as I usually scout out the conditions pre-hike so I can let my cherubs know what to expect.

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Interesting, dontcha think, that Methuselah (the tree, not the man) is purported to be in those other White Mountains.

And, thanks GG for the tr. Taking my school group there in a couple of weeks for our annual intersession hike and you may have saved me a trip as I usually scout out the conditions pre-hike so I can let my cherubs know what to expect.


Well yeah, the other Methuselah might be pissed, but they found an older one a couple years ago, so add it to it's list of grievances! But I guess we can rename this one. How about, Minithuselah?! :D I know easter white cedars can live to be 800 years old. Not to shabby for these parts. I do wonder every time I see this one how old it was. Pretty sure it's dead now though. And you're welcome for the scouting report. I'll probably be back there sooner rather than later. I'd like to finally find some purple hepatica there this spring. I'll post another report just for you if I do! :lol:


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