I was surprised with all the phone calls I got about the hike up Mt. Hunger, especially since the forecast was for a cold day with wind. We ended up with 14 people at the trailhead, where the temperature at the start was about 4 degrees. We all started off with microspikes or comparable footware and carried snowshoes just in case (but didn’t need them after all). As we hiked It did warm up some, but it was still cold and windy at the top. However, our reward at the top was blue sky and incredibly beautiful views.
On the way down, we split into two groups. Six hikers went over to White Rocks and back and then headed to Prohibition Pig for refreshments. The rest of us hiked down at a leisurely pace. From there, one car load went straight home and another made a stop for chocolate and cheese in Waterbury Center.
The group was very experienced so we all hiked at a fairly good pace. Everyone seemed to have a great time. From the trip leader’s perspective, It was a super start to the winter hiking season.
Leader: Sheri Larsen
Participants: Robynn Albert, Max Seaton, Debbie Page, Steve Page, Kim Farone, Chuck Bond, Judy Bond, Scott Springer, Larry Gagne, Margaret Benn, Wes Volk, Phil Hazen, Rich Larsen