Sunday, June 20, 2010
6/19/10 Western Mountains
A quite warm day so we decide the woods would be more comfortable than open ledges and went to the western side of the park. We parked at the pumping station and Kelley was in Long Pond before we even started the hike
On the way to Mill Field to start the Sluiceway Trail we took the short road to the reservoir which we had not visited. It was quite small, 50 x 75 feet and I don't know it's purpose as there seemed to be no pumping equipment or anything else.
The sluice way trail is mostly through pretty woods with some rocky sections but nothing difficult.
At Little Notch we turned toward Knight Nubble and great Notch. This is from an overlook near Knight Nubble
We knew from previous experience that this section of trail posed difficulties for Kelley but she has become braver and more skilled and managed it without help from me.
We took a short detour on the Razorback--just long enough to get the views
And then continued toward Mansell Mtn. which is wooded but has a nearby overlook.
Our next trail was the Perpendicular which also poses some difficulties for Kelley. As it's name indicates it is quite steep in parts and has sections of stone stairs winding along the side of the mountain.
Kelley managed all except this section of iron rungs where I gave her a hand
and we continued down to Long Pond.
At the Long Pond Trail we turned left and walked a half hour to our favorite lunch spot on the pond.
After lunch and a couple of swims (Kelley) we headed back down the trail to the pumping station and our car. 4- 1/2 hours