The plan was to leave cars where the Long Trail crosses Route 105, drive up to the Journeys End trail head and hike south. After some consideration, to avoid the car drop, we headed north from Route 105 to just past Carlton Mountain, then bushwacked northeast to the Journeys End trail head, to start the trip south.
The trail up to Carlton Mountain consisted of mushy snow and wet spruce, under overcast skies. Crossing Carlton we soon started down, following a ridge line, leaving the mush and raining spruce behind, as well as picking a bit of sun. There was considerable evidence of moose, some still warm, but alas, no moose were spotted. A few snowshoe hares were spotted though. We broke out of the woods just east of the trail head, and started our return trip.
After enjoying a leisurely lunch at Journeys End Camp, we spent some time at the northern terminus of the Long Trail, checking out the border and taking photos. We uneventfully continued south, back to Carlton Mountain, and down to our cars. Snowshoes were required for the entire 7.3 miles, and a terrific time was had by all.
Trip Leader: Darryl Smith
Attendees: Bruce Bushey, Marie-Christine Potvin, Mary Lou Recor, Ami English, Angela Marquis, Dan Hildebrand, Scott Chilstedt and Chris Miller.