I've been hearing about the new trail at the end of Reed Rd for a while.
It provides access to the col between E & W Quarry summits on the DR Quarry Trail from Reed Rd, off rt 11A.
It does not have an official name yet. I think the BRATTS and SPNHF should sponsor a contest or some sort of event to name it :)
"Reed Rd Trail" is just a little too ... pedestrian? ;)
Previously, the only approach to this section of trail was via the Quarry trail itself, coming in from Major or Straightback or the Marsh Crossing or Rand.
So this shortens the access quite a lot.
I do have some qualms about that - it seems like some parts of the range *should* be a little inaccessible, and this section of trail fit that bill pretty well.
Oh well, chalk it up to getting grumpy and set in my ways :)
Mt Major has become a little like Pawtuckaway for me - good views, relatively close and a good 'training' hike.
Really needed to get out on this gorgeous day, but still not sure how solid my foot would be, so while I really wanted to go
to South Piper, I decided to opt for Major.
Plus, I thought the lake would be a nice deep Spring blue.
Working my way back into shape after some winter foot trouble.
Pawtuckaway is always a good place to get back into shape, well, except for bug season anyway.
Good trails, good views. And today, no bugs. And the mud is almost all gone.
Shirtsleeve temps! Sun! Clouds! Blue!
Gallery / slide show
A goodly portion of Southern NH seemed to agree this was the place to be today.
Cars lined up along Reservsation Road near trailheads or gates ( Tower & Round Pd rd still gated).
But the woods are pretty big; it wasn't crowded, even at the tower.
Ok, so not really much of a trip. Just out the back door, in fact.
Been kind of tied down with an injury, so not hiking so much the last couple of months, which has been very frustrating with some of the stellar weather we've had. But ... such is life.
Anyway, with Spring finally arriving I saw this fellow out and about yesterday. He looks pretty hungry, probably looking for Spring breakfast!
Working on getting back into decent shape, and starting to get a little tired of the Belknaps ( I know, heresy, right?)
But not ready for the trip I want to do to complete the Ossipees, and no time for the Whites.
So , another Belknap trip. Decided the way to avoid boredom was to work in a trail I'd only done once but found interesting.
And pretty untraveled, though well blazed....
I leave it to you, O Gentle Reader, to decode which trail that might be :)