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<sigh>  another hot, humud day.

But you either seize the day or not hike.

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Nobody else at the Alton Mt Rd trailhead.

Trailhead now has a kiosk and signs ... civilization continues to creep up    undecided

No alternative if we're to keep access,and not see things spoiled by the clueless or inconsiderate.  I get it.

Oh well, happy to still have the woods & trails !   laughing

Foliage season. Must get out.

With it being a busy and also soggy week, I rearranged some chores and borrowed my wife's car and headed for South Piper to take advantage of Wednesday's weather opening.

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The colors along the road and the sky overhead looked promising ....

Nestled in between Spring yard work and rainy days was a sunny Friday ...

I spent way too many hours trying to find a hike that I wanted to do that was within my still-recovering distance and elevation limits....

After pondering late ( too late ) into the night I hadnt arrived at a conclusion.

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Then came the morning and the realization that i simply needed to choose someplace and go.

Well, alrighty then ....

Haven't been hiking on Mt Sunapee ( or skiing for that matter ) for years, so out & back along the Newbury Trail to White Ledges sounded kind of interesting.

The distance was as described, about 5.4 miles out & back; the elevation gain was a bit surprising at 2144 ft.  

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Did a little research and came up with these -


The state park map is a better trail map, but the SKRG site provides some parking information.


NOTE - pay attention to the description on the summary page of how to find the trailhead.

Figured the parking would be awful at Major and besides I like the back side trails :)

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Lots of people on Major, but very impressed with the general cleanliness and good vibes. One guy playing violin, lots of young parents & kids , including an incredibly cute little girl being taught to walk while holding onto her dad's hiking poles :)

A bit of time on Major, some pics , then off to Straightback Solitude for a little while, then down & home.

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