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Thursday, January 12, 2012

1/10/12 Back to Sunkhaze

The regular map does not show the detail for the loop to the observation platform but I found a map on the old cabin

Forecast of snow and/or freezing rain so we were not up for a long drive and returned to hike another part of Sunkhaze. Cold and gray but the Carter Meadow road is pretty anyway with it's nice stand of large conifers.

Once past the old cabin it becomes a regular trail. Icy instead of wet this time but nothing not easily got around.

This is the Sunkhaze Meadows Bog from the observation platform. Kelley was a little puzzled by the ice as she usually gets a swim here.

After the Carter Meadows Road hike we got in the car and moved up the road to the Johnson Brook Trail. At the beaver pond the ice was strong enough to support me but again disappointing for Kelley.

We took the spur trail for a short distance but as you proceed it suffers from neglect, with lots of trees fallen across the trail and after awhile we got tired of fighting our way through the brush and turned back.

There are several bridges, some quite long, but most have been twisted by the weather. Kelley crossed this one but some she preferred to walk around.

It started to snow just as we were finishing the hike but didn't amount to much. A nice easy hike 2 1/2 hours


  1. That's an unusual lichen on the tree trunk.

  2. Not that unusual for here. Maine seems to have a lot of them and a lot of varieties. Someone told me ( I don't know if it's true) that they were a sign of good air quality.


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