After a rainy and thundering night on Friday, there was some concern the weather would continue to be nasty for Monday’s hike; however, with only a few sprinkles early in the morning the day turned out to be perfect hiking weather albeit some bugs were out in force.

The group of three started at the trailhead around 9:00, took the cutoff from the Burrows trail to the Forest City Trail to join the Long Trail to the summit. Only a few other hikers were on this part of the trail. After lunch, we descended via the Burrows Trail and met many more hikers, as usual. The weather continued to improve with sunshine when we finished at 2:00. Mike Byerly, a peak bagger from Londonderry, NH who wanted the Hump to his long list of New England summits, joined David Hathaway and myself on this enjoyable hike after a month of letting the trails dry out.

The trails were in good shape.

In hiking, Max Seaton (trip leader).