This was the first of 4 days in the Whites for Becky and I. And the first of the blown forecasts.
The original plan was to do "The Nubble" but with the overcast I decided to w/D would be better.
Not that the views aren't great there, but "The Nubble" desires a better day. Especially since Becky Hadn't
been yet. So just as I was approaching exit 28 on 93, I figured why not just do W/D.
We arrived to a full house at the parking lot. Just a couple spots left at 9:30. There were a couple dozen
getting ready to head out. But all was good, as everyone was headed counter clockwise. Maybe all the
newbies think you have to hike it as W/D. Another reason could be this. I'm not sure exactly whats on
the kiosk, but the only trail sign at the end of the lot is this one. (From another day)
There is no sign sending you in the clockwise direction. All you see is this trail, that looks overgrown
with what appears to have a log blocking the way. Like, this is not the trail.
Not until you head up the above trail for 100' or so do you come to this.
I remember my first time there, after starting out counter clockwise, wondering where the heck
the other end of the loop was. Long story short, we were alone until reaching Dickey. We got passed
by 2 early birds but that's it. In sort order we were at the first ledges and treated to great foliage.
More climbing and see, not another sole in sight.
Then once on Dickey, we quickly headed over to the north ledge. Undetected I might add.
Which was as great as always.
We had the place to ourselves for must of our stay. We were getting ready to leave and a lone hiker
showed up. I had to ask her if she saw us fun the summit ledge or if she knew about it. Low and
behold, the Map Adventures Map, White Mountains, shows a .2 mile long trail going to that ledge.
Did not know that.
Once we headed back to the summit things changed.
From then on we had to pull over, for as many as a dozen at a time to pass. But after the pass,
we were alone again. This was much better than if we had to keep trying to pass slower hikers. Which
would have happened and been a nightmare.
When we were about .5 miles from finishing, we were passed by a double, then a single. That's all
we saw heading the way we were. And we were still passing people heading up. Definitely dodged a
bullet on this one. Once done and heading out, there were cars parked at least 1/4 mile down Orris Rd.
Which according to Steve Smith, there's no parking allowed.
But even with the so-so weather and the masses (Fran. Ridge like) it was a pretty good first day. Click Pik 4 Pix