Three days before the hike, I got my first inquiry about the hike. But, when it became clearer that the weather would be good on Saturday, the number of participants kept growing. We ended up with 14 total participants, including the leader.
When people contacted me, I explained that I was uncertain how icy it would be and how much snow there would be after the mid-week storms. Just in case, I asked people to bring both microspikes and snowshoes.
The hike started at the Burrows Trailhead at the end of Camel’s Hump Road in Huntington. We hiked up the Burrows Trail until we got to a spot where the Camel’s Hump Challenge Circumnavigation Trail crosses at a point just below where the spruce forest begins. The Burrows Trail to that point was packed with some soft snow on top, so it wasn’t too icy and microspikes worked nicely. When we got off the Burrows Trail the snow was not packed, but there wasn’t enough to warrant snowshoes. We followed the Circumnavigation Trail for a while and then veered off to the left and bushwhacked up to the ridgeline on Bald Hill. Once on top we visited a few spots with great views of the summit of Camel’s Hump. We lingered at the top and had snacks and beverages and then returned back to our cars by following our tracks down.
This was a new hike for all but three of the participants. Everyone seemed to have had a good time.
Participants: Jim Mosenthal, Cathy Tilley, Cathy McIssac, Mary Hennessy, Debbie Page, Max Seaton, Lynda Hutchins, Alan Finn, Elizabeth Wood, Sarah Stephens, David Hathaway, Greg Balstock, Rich Larsen, Sheri Larsen (trip leader).