Trip reports October-December 2018 (updated 11/16/2018)

11/11/2018 – Beaver Pond on Dean Trail, Camel’s Hump
Attendees were Jill George, Susan McDowell, David Hathaway, Cathy Tilley, Jeremy Francis, and Ted Albers who was leader until the hard part at the Beaver Pond, at which point he bailed out and Dave led the way to the summit. Our hike started at the Monroe Trail which starts at the end of North Duxbury’s Crouching Lion parking lot. Fortunately the upper lot was still open. Had an easy walk up the the Beaver Pond on the Dean Trail which in the winter is an open half-waterlogged snow-covered meadow. Around 11:25, after about a 15 minutes snack break at the beaver pond, Ted, Cathy, and Jeremy headed back down the Dean trail, while Jill, Susan, and David continued on toward the summit. Hiking with heads down, the summit group saw a sign sketched in the snow saying “look up”, so we did, to see a scenic little rock outcrop. We reached the LT around 11:50, then headed north on the LT toward the Camels Hump summit. The trail remained pretty well packed out the whole way, so no one used snowshoes, and it never got icy enough for David to put on his microspikes. The sky remained clear but the wind picked up as we approached the summit. There were quite a few people at the summit as we arrived there around 1:30. From there it was an easy walk down to the car, which we reached around 3:30.

11/4/2018 – Elmore Loop
Nine of us met at the winter parking lot at Mt. Elmore State Park for a loop hike to the summit of Mt. Elmore.
It was quite chilly, so we got going quickly.  We hiked up the State Park Road to the trail head, and then four hikers who were a bit faster decided to take off and do the loop on their own.  The rest of us continued up the Fire Tower Trail at a more leisurely pace.  There was snow on the trail and the rocks were slippery, but we made it up with only a few slips.  At the summit, we had an early lunch and some climbed up the fire tower.  Although it was cloudy, there were nice views 360 degree views from the top of the fire tower (including views of Lake Elmore and the ski trails at Stowe Mountain Resort).  Coming down, we took the Ridge Trail, which goes by a few lookouts and a balanced rock.  The trail through the woods was very pretty with the new snow.  The hike took about 3 3/4 hours.  It was a good hiking option for a cool November day.  Participants:  Sheri Larsen (leader), Rich Larsen, David Hathaway, Jenny Lynch, Daniel Scheidt, Jim Watkins, Kelly Lavallee, Stacy Lavallee, Silas Saxer.

10/21/2018 Camel’s Hump via Monroe Trail
Six hikers ( Rob, Nick, Emily, Rebecca, Austin and myself) and a very adorable York Terrier Rio, hiked up Monroe Trail to the summit of Camels Hump. Temperatures were in the mid 30″s at base. It snowed the whole trip lightly. Just past the Dean trail cutoff the footing started to become a bit icy in spots. We were able to traverse around most of the ice. We made it to the clearing at 11:30. Rio was packed up inside Emily’s coat to stay warm so she got a free ride the rest of the way. The last .3 to summit was a little more challenging due to more ice. The summit was windy and cold but we stayed up there for about 10 minutes before slowly making our way down. We all made it safely back to the parking lot around 2:00 and headed to the Reservoir for food and drinks. It was such a pleasure to lead a hike for such an amazingly nice group of people. Another successful and fun day on the mountain. Kimberly Farone, leader.

10/14/2018 – Mount Hunger
We met at the Richmond P+R at 8:30, all piled into one car, and were off.  We were scurrying to get to the trailhead early, since we expected a lot of cars trying to fit into the small lot, as the weather was relatively good, and foliage was just passing peak.  We started up just past 9 AM.  We went at a leisurely pace, and really had no problems.  Near the top we ran into friends Rosemary and Peter Zamore, who hiked with us to the summit, joined us for lunch and were included in our group picture. It took us about 2:15 to get to the top, spent 30 minutes on top, and then about 2 hour down, so it was a bit under 5 hours total.  The views were good, but the wind was brisk on top, so we did have to get a sheltered spot for a snack.  And, as expected, the trail had a lot of people heading up as we were heading down.  The lot was full when we got to the parking area, and cars were parked all up and down the road.  (I thought that was not allowed, but apparently it is.)  We were back at Richmond right around 2:30. Participants Richard Larsen (leader), Sheri Larsen, Jenny Lynch, Scott Springer, Pat Bunt.

10/13/2018 – Belvidere & Tillotson
We met at 8 AM at the Cambridge park & ride and after waiting a few minutes for two meetup no-shows, took Dasha’s car to the Tillotson Road trailhead. It was overcast and in the 30s F as we started up the Foresters Trail around 8:50 AM. The trail was pretty wet after recent rains, and as approach 2200 feet we started to encounter drizzle which shortly turned to snow flurries, and there was a noticable accumulation by the time we reached the Long Trail junction around 10:30. Since there was no chance of any views, we skipped the spur to the Belvidere summit and headed north on the LT toward Tillotson Camp, which we reached around 12:15. We spent perhaps 15 minutes in the shelter having lunch. Since the LT from there to the Tillotson summit is often even wetter than the rest of the trail and our feet were already thoroughly soaked we skipped that part and headed down the Frank Post Trail to reach the car around 1:20. Participants: Dasha Zentrichova, David Hathaway (leader)

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