We met at 8:30 AM at the Cambridge park & ride, then left one car at the Rt 15 Long Trail parking area and headed up to the top of Smuggler’s Notch. It was around 50 F and sunny as we started out around 9:10 AM.

We saw surprisingly few people for a beautiful Labor Day weekend day on the way up to Sterling Pond, which we reached around 9:50. We reached Madonna Peak about 11:05 and had a snack, then continued to reach Whiteface Shelter for another snack around 1:00, and on up to Whiteface summit around 1:20. We reached Bear Hollow Shelter around 3:00, where we saw a number of dead or damaged trees uncomfortably close to the shelter; hopefully these will be removed before they do any damage to the shelter.

We continued on to reach the car at Route 15 around 4:40. Great trip with a great group.

Participants: Phil Hazen, Darren Brault, Jennifer Platten, Melinda Carpenter, David Hathaway (leader).