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2018 Hiking Trip Logs

These are trail logs for my hikes in 2018. Here's the main trail log page.

Legend

Text in italics is trail names.
Text in bold italics is trail names for trails which are part of the Appalachian Trail.
Underlined text is mountain peak names.
Bold underlined text is mountain peak names for mountains which are on the Northeast 111 list.
Underlined blue text is mountain peak names for mountains which are on the New England Fifty Finest list.
Underlined green text is mountain peak names for mountains which are on the Catskill 35 list.
A bold U means a turnaround point.


Trips


Gay City State Park - Connecticut - 7 January 2018

Sunday 7 January 2018
winter parking lot - Red Trail - Yellow Trail - Blue Trail - Red Trail - winter parking lot

a winter hike with Maure

There's no trip report for this one, but some pictures are included in my Facebook gallery for the hike.


Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, Massachusetts - 14 January 2018

Saturday 14 January 2018
Cross St. trailhead - Metacomet-Monadnock Trail - Hermit Cave Spur Trail - hermit cave U - Hermit Cave Spur Trail - Metacomet-Monadnock Trail - Miller's River lookout U - Metacomet-Monadnock Trail - trail confusion - Cross St. trailhead

Sunday Maure and I hiked to Hermit's Cave in Erving, Mass., mostly along the MM Trail. We didn't realize until almost at the end that the brook we'd been following is called Briggs Brook.

For a longer trip report see Views from the Top.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Panther Traverse and Inspiration Point - Catskills, New York - 27-28 January 2018

Saturday 27 January 2018

Rte. 47 trailhead - Woodland Valley Trail - Giant Ledge - Panther Mountain Trail - Giant Ledge - Giant Ledge - Panther Mountain Trail - Panther Mountain U - Giant Ledge - Panther Mountain Trail - Fox Hollow trailhead

Sunday 28 January 2018
southern end of Escarpment Trail - Escarpment Trail - side trail to Kaaterskill Falls - Kaaterskill Falls U - side trail to Kaaterskill Falls - Escarpment Trail - Layman's Monument - Escarpment Trail - Inspiration Point - Escarpment Trail - Boulder Rock - Escarpment Trail - Kaaterskill Mountain House site - Yellow Trail - Escarpment Trail - southern end of Escarpment Trail

This weekend was the annual GMC Conn. Section Catskill trip. On Saturday we climbed Panther. I did it as a traverse. On Sunday we hiked the southern end of the Escarpment Trail to Inspiration Point, with a side trip to Upper Kaaterskill Falls. I continued from there to explore some places around there I hadn't been to before.

For a longer trip report see The ADKHP fora.

I also have picture galleries for the Panther Traverse (Sat.), and the Inspiration Point area hike (Sun.).


Glastonbury, Connecticut - 11 February 2018

Sunday 11 February 2018
Birch Mountain Road - Gay City Connector - Blue/White Trail - Old Road - Coop Sawmill Road - Blue/Red Trail - Shenipsit Trail - Blue/White Trail - Gay City Connector - Birch Mountain Road

a rainy day hike with Maure

There's no trip report for this one, but some pictures are included in my Facebook gallery for the hike.


Mohawk Trail State Forest - Massachusetts - 24 February 2018

Saturday 24 February 2018
MTSF parking area road - Cold River Road - Mahican Mohawk Trail - some other trail past the campground - Cold River Road - MTSF parking area road

a hike with Maure near Turner's Falls

There's no trip report for this one, but some pictures are included in my Facebook gallery for the hike.


Pisgah State Park - New Hampshire - 25 February 2018

Sunday 25 February 2018
Kilburn Road trailhead - Kilburn Road - Pisgah Ridge Connector - Pisgah Ridge Trail - Reservoir Road - Davis Hill Trail - Kilburn Road trailhead

I had a rainy hike on snow, which was much nicer than that makes it sound.

For a longer trip report see Views from the Top.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Monument Creek / Grante Falls - Grand Canyon - Arizona - 14-16 April 2018

Friday 14 April 2018
Hermit's Rest - Hermit Trail - Santa Monica Spring - Hermit Trail - Tonto Trail - Monument Creek Campsite

Saturday 15 April 2018
Monument Creek Campsite - Tonto Trail - Granite Rapids Trail - Granite Rapids U - Granite Rapids Trail - Tonto Trail - Monument Creek Campsite

Sunday 16 April 2018
Monument Creek Campsite - Tonto Trail - Hermit Trail - Santa Monica Spring - Hermit Trail - Hermit's Rest

a three day backpack in the Grand Canyon with other members of the Conn. Section of the GMC

For a longer trip report see The ADKHP fora.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Yosemite Falls / Yosemite Point - Yosemite National Park, California - 21 April 2018

Saturday 21 April 2018
shuttle station #6 - trail paralleling road - Yosemite Falls Trailhead - Yosemite Falls Trail - Yosemite Falls Spur - Yosemite Falls U - Yosemite Falls Spur - Yosemite Falls Trail - Yosemite Point U - Yosemite Falls Trail - Yosemite Falls Trailhead

While visiting my sister in California we spent some time in Yosemite, and I climbed Yosemite Point while I was there.

For a longer trip report see The ADKHP fora.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Redwood Regional Park - Oakland, California - 21 April 2018

Monday 23 April 2018
Skyline Gate - Stream Trail - West Ridge Trail - Skyline Gate

While visiting my sister in California I also hiked in a local park.

There's no trip report for this one, but

you can see more pictures from this trip here.


Haley Farm SP, Bluff Point SP, and Buckingham Reservoir - Connecticut - 26 May 2018

Saturday 26 May 2018
First hike: Bluff Point parking area - Groton X-Town Trail - Haley Farm - trail along the water - some other Haley Farm SP trails - Groton X-Town Trail - trail along Mumford Cove - Winthrop House ruins - trail to Bluff Point - Bluff Point - trail back to parking area - Bluff Point parking area
Second hike: Coop Road Trailhead - Coop Road - Some Other Trails - Trail along west side of Buckingham Reservoir - Trail along east side of Buckingham Reservoir - Some Other Trails - Coop Road - Coop Road Trailhead

On this day I went on two waterside hikes, first down in Groton with the the Conn. Section of the GMC, and then in Glastonbury with Maure.

There's no trip report for this one, but some pictures are included in my Facebook gallery for the hikes.


Nipmuck State Forest - Connecticut (and Mass.) - 10 June 2018

Sunday 10 June 2018
East Ridge Trailhead - East Ridge Trail - Nipmuck Trail - White Trail - Blue & Red Trail - East Ridge Trail - East Ridge Trailhead

This was a circling of Breakneck Pond I did with Maure. It was mostly in Nipmuck State Forest in Union, although it started and ended in Bigelow Hollow State Park, and for a while went into Massachusetts.

There's no trip report for this one, but some pictures are included in my Facebook gallery for the hikes.


Macedonia Brook State Forest - Connecticut - 30 June 2018

Saturday 30 June 2018
our campsite near the Orange/Blue trail intersection - Blue Trail - Blue and Green Trail - Green Trail - Green and Orange Trail - Orange Trail - our campsite near the Orange/Blue trail intersection - Blue Trail (counterclockwise) - Cobble Mountain - Blue Trail (counterclockwise) - our campsite near the Orange/Blue trail intersection

Maure and I spent the weekend in Macedonia Brook State Park. On Saturday we did a loop hike on the east side of the park and then I did the Blue Loop around the park.

For a longer trip report see Views from the Top.

You can see more pictures from this trip here.


Bear Mountain Trail Magic - Taconic Range, Connecticut - 22 July 2018

Sunday 22 July 2018
Undermountain Trailhead - Undermountain Trail - Appalachian Trail - Bear Mountain U - Appalachian Trail - Undermountain Trail - Undermountain Trailhead

This was the annual Connecticut Valley Atheists, trail magic on the summit of Bear Mountain, the Appalachian Trail's highest point in Connecticut. Trail angel Richard accompanied me again this year.

For a longer trip report see Views from the Top.

You can see more pictures here.


Mt. Hale - White Mountains, New Hampshire - 20 July 2018

Sunday 29 July 2018
Hale Brook Trailhead - Hale Brook Trail - Mt. Hale U - Hale Brook Trail - Hale Brook Trailhead

Maure (whose trail name is now Meadowsweet) and I went to the White Mountains for the weekend. While we were there Meadowsweet climbed her first 4000 footer.

For a longer trip report see Views from the Top.

You can see more pictures here.


Nipmuck State Forest - Connecticut (and Mass.) - 5 August 2018

Saturday 5 August 2018
White Trailhead - White Trail - Ridge Trail - Peter Rabbit Rock - Ridge Trail - Cat Rocks - Ridge Trail - Blue & Red Trail - Nipmuck Trail - Red Trail (more or less) - White Trail - White Trailhead

This hike was mostly in Nipmuck State Forest in Union, although it started and ended in Bigelow Hollow State Park, and for a while went into Massachusetts. It was a repeat of one I did in February 2015. This was officially a Conn. Section of the GMC hike, but nobody else ended up coming.

There's no trip report for this one, but some pictures are included in my Facebook gallery for the hikes.


Whittemore Sanctuary - Connecticut - 19 August 2018

Sunday 19 August 2018
Rte. 64 Trailhead - Blue Trail - Yellow Trail - Old East West Road - Lake Quassapaug - White Trail (counterclockwise) - Rte. 64 Trailhead

This was a hike with members of my family during our annual family reunion. There were seven of us to start, but only myself and my nephew David did the White Loop.

There's no trip report for this one, but some pictures are included in my Facebook gallery for the reunion. This gallery has the entire reunion, not just the hike.


Cape Cod National Seashore - Cape Cod, Massachusetts - 26 August 2018

Sunday 26 August 2018
Salt Pond Visitors' Center - Nauset Marsh Trail (counterclockwise) - Salt Pond Visitors' Center - [car drive] - Penniman House parking - trail between Penniman House and Indian Rock - Red Maple Swamp Trail - Hemenway Landing - trail between Hemenway Landing and Indian Rock - Indian Rock - trail between Indian Rock and Penniman House - Penniman House parking

Meadowsweet and I visited two nearby locations in the Cape Cod National Seashore with two of her grandchildren.

There's no trip report for this one, but some pictures are included in my Facebook gallery for the hikes.


West Barnstable Conservation Area - Cape Cod, Massachusetts - 3 September 2018

Monday 3 September 2018
Power Line Trailhead near Exit 5 - Trail of Tears - Cape Cod Pathways Trail - Trail of Tears - North Ridge Trail - Barnstable High Point - Town Line Trail - Old Timers Trail - Scott Rock Trail - Trail of Tears - Power Line Trailhead near Exit 5

Meadowsweet and I walked across the northern part of the West Barnstable Conservation Area to the Barnstable high point and back.

There's no trip report for this one, but some pictures are included in my Facebook gallery for the hike.


Flags Weekend: Middle Tripyramid, Whiteface, and Passaconaway - White Mountains, New Hampshire - 8-9 September 2018

Saturday 8 September 2018
Sabbaday Brook Trailhead - Sabbaday Brook Trail - Mt. Tripyramid Trail - Middle Tripyramid Mtn. U - Mt. Tripyramid Trail - Sabbaday Brook Trail - Sabbaday Falls - Sabbaday Brook Trail - Sabbaday Brook Trailhead

Sunday 9 September 2018
Ferncroft - Dicey's Mill Trail - Tom Wiggin Trail - Blueberry Ledge Trail - Rollings Trail - Mt. Whiteface - Rollings Trail - Dicey's Mill Trail - Mt. Passaconaway U - Dicey's Mill Trail - Ferncroft

I participated in Flags on the 48 on Middle Tripyramid for the tenth year in a row. This year I wasn't crew leader, though, just a helper. The next day I climbed Whiteface and Passaconaway, putting me over halfway in my quest to reclimb the Northeast 111 in my sixties.

For a longer trip report see Views from the Top (both days).

You can see more pictures from the Middle Tripyramid hike here.

You can see more pictures from the Whiteface/Passaconaway hike here.

And here is the official Flags on the 48 site.


Natchaug Trail Through Hike - Connecticut - 15 September 2018

Saturday 15 September 2018
Eastford Road Trailhead - Nipmuck Trail - Nautchaug Trail - trail confusion - Nautchaug Trail - Nathaniel Lyon Memorial Park - Nautchaug Trail - Orchard Hill - Nautchaug Trail - James Goodwin Conservation Center

My friend JohnGalt, his girlfriend Maureen, and I hiked the Natchaug Trail from one end to the other.

For a longer trip report see Views from the Top.

You can see more pictures here.


LT Trailwork and Ascutney - Green Mountains, Vermont - 28-30 September 2018

Friday 28 September 2018
Blue Blazed Trailhead - blue blazed trail - Long Trail - Story Spring Shelter

Saturday 29 September 2018
Story Spring Shelter - Long Trail - Kelly Stand Road U - Long Trail - Story Spring Shelter

Sunday 30 September 2018
Story Spring Shelter - Long Trail - blue blazed trail - Blue Blazed Trailhead - (car ride) - Weathersfield Trailhead - Weathersfield trail - Cascade Falls - Weathersfield trail - Observation Tower - summit spur trail - Mt. Ascutney U - summit spur trail - Weathersfield trail - West Peak Vista - Weathersfield trail - Weathersfield Trailhead

I joined another trail work weekend with the Conn. Section of the GMC. On Sunday I climbed Ascutney for the fifth time.

For a longer trip report see Views from the Top.

Some pictures for the trail work are in a Facebook gallery.
You can see more pictures of the Ascutney hike here.


Gay City State Park - Connecticut - 4 November 2018

Sunday 7 January 2018
winter parking lot - Red Trail - park road - swimming area - White Trail - unmarked trail - Blue Trail - Red Trail - winter parking lot

an autumn hike with Meadowsweet and Bella

There's no trip report for this one, but some pictures are included in my Facebook gallery for the hike.


Mt. Wright - Adirondacks, New York - 11 November 2018

Sunday 11 November 2018
Loj parking lot - Van Hoevenberg Trail - the trail across the MacIntyre Range - Wright Spur Trail - Wright Peak U - Wright Spur Trail - the trail across the MacIntyre Range - Van Hoevenberg Trail - Loj parking lot

I climbed Wright. When I set out I thought I would also summit Algonquin and maybe even Iroquois, but in the end only did Wright.

For a longer trip report see The ADKHP fora.

You can see more pictures from this hike here.


Wright - Adirondacks, New York - 11 November 2018

Monday 12 November 2018
Cascade Trailhead - Cascade Trail - Cascade Spur - Cascade Spur Herd Path - Cascade Mountain U - Cascade Spur Herd Path - Porter Trail - Porter Mountain U - Porter Trail - Cascade Trail - Cascade Trailhead

Meadowsweet and I climbed Cascade. It was Meadowsweet's first ADK46 and second NE111.

For a longer trip report see The ADKHP fora.

You can see more pictures from this hike here.


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