Thursday, August 23, 2012
8/22/12 Redmans Beach - Black Mountain
Beautiful day - sunny, 70s, no bugs. Goal was Redmans Beach, avoiding the East Peak of the Mountain which is too difficult for Kelley.
We started from Black Mountain Rd. and the trail throught he woods is pleasant and easy
but soon becomes rocky and fairly steep as it climbs the mountain- but nothing Kelley couldn't handle.
And then you start to get some nice views as you cross a stretch of granite as you are going down again toward the Caribou Mtn. Trail
A wind farm I had not noticed before
The Caribou Mtn. Trail is a steep 25 minute drop down to the trail to Redmans Beech which is flat and easy. About half way it begins to follow a stream and Kelley was able to get into the water ( streams to this point had been dry).
When we reached the beach at Donnell Pond Kelley got to have a real swim. There was a family camping with dogs and a couple there by boat and both had dogs which Kelley got to play with while I chatted with the people.
On the way back I took a wrong turn and we ended up on East Peak with this view. Unfortunately the hike from here to the Black Mountain Trail is extremely difficult with me having to lift Kelley several times. She does not like to be lifted so she would run off seeking ways around but mostly there were none so there was an unhappy dog having to be lifted over obstacles. This made for a rather slow descent and we were both glad when we reached the trail down that we had come up on.