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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

8/12/14 Blackcap Mountain

Homemade map is approximate- never able to find a real one. Warmer and more humid with rain forecast for the next two days. This is another fairly rigorous hike but Kelley seems good this morning and tomorrow will be an easy day.

We start from the end of Fitts Pond which Kelley thinks is good

and take the trail beside the pond - lots of large boulders

to the trail up Blackcap. This trail is quite steep in parts and also has some rocky parts that Kelley has to work around. About half way up you come to some granite ledge and it feels like you are almost there

but then you go back into the woods and continue. There is a section of fairly level trail that runs along parallel to the ridge above and then you come out at the summit- not very attractive as there are several towers up there.

Continuing east, the trail is mostly flat and passes through attractive pine forest. The light was too contrasty for a good picture so this is a shot from an earlier hike.

 and a couple of views from along that trail

When we got to the point the trail turns down we turned and came back the way we had come. We used to do a loop but they added another trail, which is too difficult for Kelley, and it also became confusing to tell which trail we were on. Didn't feel like trying to sort it today.

Back down at the pond for a final swim- It had been dry except for the section beside the pond.

Pretty good hike- Kelley did well and only had to be helped over one large blow down. There were no deer flies until the summit and then only a few. 2  1/4 hours

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