Not as nice an experience as it was last time (not just because of the parking issue, and the fact that the trail had moved). It appears that no one is maintaining the trails very well any more; the trail divides several times, but there's very little blazing, so it's tough to know which fork goes where. On the way down, we ended up on a trail that led to a roadway that dumped us out onto the main road further down from where we started.
Views at the top are still nice, though! (more...)
My parents wanted to do a hike with me, but didn't want to do anything extraordinarily difficult (they keep reminding me that they're getting older!).
So we went down to Fryeburg to hike Jockey Cap. The trail is very short (I don't remember for sure, but I think it only took us about 15 minutes to get to the summit.)
Most of the trail is gradual and in the woods. There are a lot of chipmunks and other wildlife around, and don't seem terribly frightened of people.
The last little bit of the hike is steeper, and takes you up over the rocky dome to the summit.
One of the really nice things about this hike is that there is a pedestal at the top with a 360 degree 'map' of all the mountains you can see. Stand on one side of it and look across, and you see the named profiles of the mountains in front of you. It's a great way to get familiar with the mountains in the area. (more...)
Jockey Cap is more like a bump on the ground than a mountain. It's a short, rocky dome, which only takes 10 - 20 minutes to hike, but the summit is just high enough to get some nice views of the mountains all around.