Sunday, March 28, 2010
3/27/10 Beech Mountain
A cold but sunny day. We started on the Valley Trail near the pumping station parking area. We took this pretty wooded trail to the Beech S. Ridge Trail.
The S. Ridge Trail is fairly steep but has mostly good footing and many stone steps and some open ledges with views. This was a very nice section.
From the summit we took the Beech Mtn. Trail which drops quickly down to the parking area from where we took the Beech Cliff Loop Trail. This is a short pretty trail with nice open ledges
which gave us this view of Echo Lake. I had not before seen whatever is happening on the water surface. I presume an effect of the wind.
We then did the Canada Cliff Trail which looped back to the parking area where we began the Beech Mtn. Trail. This trail starts out in quite deep woods and there were patches of ice to manuver around before we rose above the trees to very nice views.
Kelley waiting for me to catch up
Long Pond from Beech mountain Trail
At the next intersection we took the West Ridge Trail down. This trail also has some steep sections but has good views and, today, little ice
until near the end where the trail is close to the pond and the plank bridges were covered in ice from the water splashed up by the wind and we had to bushwhack around that section.
3 3/4 hours