Friday, April 29, 2016

Baldface Circle

On Sunday we decided to explore the Evans Notch area in NH, and we hiked the Baldface Circle which is a 9.5 mile loop hike over South and North Baldface peaks. This is one of the hikes on the "52 with a view" list and it did not disappoint us. 

The day was clear and sunny and after a later than planned start we hit the trail at 11am. The first part of the hike took us through deciduous woods to a lean-to. We met a couple on the trail who had turned back when they saw a black bear near the lean-to!  After that the trail gets much steeper and scrambles up over some rock slabs. Eventually the trail emerges on the ridge leading to South Baldface. From here we had fantastic views in all directions, and a very strong wind to contend with. 

From here it is a ridge walk to North Baldface and then the trail descends on the other side of the valley. On the way up we were ahead of the guidebook schedule but we soon started to lose time on the steep descent. We reached the car at 5.30pm after a great day of hiking and lots of fresh air and spectacular views. 

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