Archive for January, 2009

The Flume and Mount Pemigewasset

January 16, 2009

I have been eagerly anticipating getting out and doing some snowshoeing and, thanks to Mother Nature dumping plenty of snow on us, it’s been prime conditions for it lately. It has been a while since the weather cooperated with me, so it wasn’t until just recently that I got a chance to do some winter wandering.
I decided a good first cold weather hike would be a local favorite, Mt. Pemigewasset, more popularly known as Indian Head. I set off along the trail under sunshine and blue skies and it didn’t take long to understand why seasoned winter trampers are so passionate about this particular time of year. It was an entirely new experience. I’ve probably been up Indian Head close to twenty times in my lifetime and it was a totally new mountain this time around. The sky seemed clearer and the views were sharper and seemed to go on forever, and because of the lack of leaves there were even entirely new views. I couldn’t help but think, “Hey, this is pretty cool!”
A storm rolled in the next day and it snowed nonstop all day but it still made for a good day to strap on the snowshoes. I decided on exploring the Flume Gorge, as I hadn’t been there in many, many years. You have access to the Flume trails in winter, for free even – just pass the Visitor Center on the left hand side of the building, however the boardwalks leading through the gorge itself are removed for the season. I explore both ends of it and the partially frozen Avalanche Falls and the headed off for The Pool, a large glacial basin. The entire loop is about 2 miles, but the trails are wide and nicely graded making for great snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
I look forward to finally making an attempt at some higher peaks and farther treks now that I’m getting comfortable out on the trails in the cold. I hope you enjoy the pictures and I also hope you take advantage of all the great places there are to explore right in this area. Don’t have the gear? Swing on over to the Lahout’s Summit Shop and rent everything you need to get you exploring. Don’t know where to go? Stop over and see Steve at The Mountain Wanderer Map and Bookstore for any maps, books, or sagely advice you might need. See you next time!

Photo Info:
A) Snow-blanketed forest alongside the Mt. Pemigewasset Trail

B) Panoramic view from ledges atop Indian Head

C) The Flume covered bridge with Mt. Liberty in the foggy background

D) Peering into the icy gorge

E) The Pool and the Sentinel Pine bridge