Friday, August 20, 2010
8/19/10 Parkman Mountain Loop
We started from The Parkman Mtn. parking lot rather than our usual start across from the Norumbega parking area which meant a short walk on the carriage road to the Parkman Mtn. Trail. This trail is a little harder for Kelley than our usual route but she figured out all her own bushwhacks. A hot day and it's been really dry so all the small streams Kelley uses to cool off in are dry ( I carry water for her to drink) .
Here she finds a little shade
Approaching the Parkman summit.
We looked across to Bald Peak and saw another hiker.
Upper Hadlock Pond from Parkman
We continued on the Parkman trail down to the Grandgent and up that to Gilmore Peak where we shared an apple. As we were resting the hiker from Bald Peak caught up with us. We had an interesting chat as he is also interested in the old trials and has found some of the same ones we have found.
He hiked with us down to the intersection with the Maple Spring Trail where he continued on Grandgent to Sargent and we took Maple Spring up to Sargent S. Ridge, to Hadlock Brook, then back over to Maple Spring and back to the carriage road and our starting point.
Maple Spring Trail
A good hike in spite of the heat. Once we got on Hadlock Brook and Maple Spring there was water for Kelley to cool off in and she had also met several friendly dogs. 3-3/4 hours