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Monday, August 5th 2013

6:08 PM

Plymouth Mtn NH 8/5/13

       This is a 2193' mountain which I had never climbed before.  The old way in my 1990 guidebooks was from the southwest, but that is old hat because online postings show that the newer trail from the northeast is more popular and has a great lookout with the pretentious name of "Pike's Peak." 

      I met my friend Howard Burrows in Putney and we drove up to the trail parking area together, arriving at 10:55 AM.  By chance, the only other hikers we saw today were two people from Brattleboro who are Howard's friends and who were spending some time in the vicinity.  Today was a perfect day for hiking, being 70 degrees, sunny, with a pleasant breeze that was pretty strong on the upper ledges.  The trail is in excellent condition.

     By 12:42 PM we arrived at the lookout called Pike's Peak and had great views of the White Mtns to the north, including Lafayette, Lincoln, Liberty, Flume, Cannon, Sandwich, Chocorua, Carrigain, and others.  Off to the east we could see parts of Squam Lake. 

     We continued on to the summit where there were limited views.  We had heard there was a lookout beyond the summit.  By error we went down the old trail from the southwest.  Eventually we came back and found the right trail which goes beyond the summit to a couple of lookouts of Cardigan and Newfound Lake.  We had lunch here at 2:20 PM.  There was a small glimpse through trees of Crosby and Bald Knob which I had just recently climbed.

     Coming back we had great views of red breasted nuthatches near the summit.  Due to clearing clouds to the north we also had a nice view of Mt Washington.  We also saw some mushrooms and Indian pipes.  We were back out at 4:41 PM and stopped in Fairlee on the way home for ice cream cones. 

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