Monday, May 10, 2010
5/9/10 - Dorr Mountain
Mixed sun and clouds with a few sprinkles and quite windy (especially at the summit) but a fine hike. We parked at the nature center and walked to the Tarn and the Kurt Diederich's Climb. This trail is sometimes listed as 'strenuous' or 'difficult'. Though it is fairly steep it is composed mostly of granite steps which make it, in our opinion, not that difficult.
It traverses the face of the mountain giving views of the Tarn and The Great Meadow area, and the ocean beyond
From the intersection with the Schiff Path you continue to climb with more steps along the path and continuing views
After the intersection with the Ladder Trail there are sections of granite which can be slippery when wet and treacherous in winter
From the summit we took the S. Ridge Trail down
And when we reached the Canon Brook Trail took a short detour right to one of our favorite lunch spots
After lunch we took Canon Brook back to the Tarn. On the Canon Brook we met a nice couple with a chocolate lab about Kelley's age and they got to play for awhile which made Kelley very happy. The trail along the Tarn is mostly huge boulders that have fallen from the mountain above. Sometimes Kelley manages this trail without problems and sometimes not. Today she needed assistance in one spot.
Back at the start for one more dip in the Tarn and then back to the car. 3-1/2 hours