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Monday, March 29, 2010

3/28/10 Bernard West Ledge

A cold day that started sunny but turned cloudy. We still wanted to do the West Ledge Trail and the park forest roads remain closed so we parked at the gate at the end of the public Seal Cove Rd. and walked in to the trail head on the roads.

On the way we passed a small loop in the road that said 'Bald Mtn.' and we took that as we had not been there before. There is a very short wooded(unmarked) trail off the road that leads to the 'summit'.It was not exactly 'bald' and offered a limited view.

We continued on to the West Ledge Trail which ,I think, is the nicest of the Western Mountain trails. It starts in woods but has many open ledges with great views. It is steep in parts but with mostly good footing and only a couple of spots Kelley had to get around.

When we reached the intersection with the South Face Trail we continued on that to the summit. This section is mostly wooded and has little more elevation gain- a 'walk in the park' until near the top there are some rocks to climb.There was some ice but some large downed trees were more trouble to get around. We returned the way we came and counted it a good hike in spite of the gray weather. 3 hours

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