We met at the Richmond park & ride around 8:30, spotted a couple cars at the Couching Lion Farm Site trailhead, and took two more down to the trailhead on Duxbury Rd. It was cool (around 60 F) and overcast as we started up Bamforth Ridge around 9:30. The black flies were abundant, but abated a little when we got to breezier outcrops along the ridge.
One of the caretakers had removed a particularly obstructive blowdown just below the hut clearing with a handsaw, but there are a number of others that need to be dealt with. We had snacks along the way and the rest of lunch when we reached the hut clearing around 2:30. We reached the summit around 2:45. The sun had come out and it was very windy (as usual) but mercifully devoid of black flies.
We continued along the Long Trail South as the clouds moved back in, reaching the Dean Trail junction around 4:30. We opted not to take a side trip to Montclair Glen Lodge, and reached the Monroe Trail junction around 5:10 and the cars around 5:30. Our timing was perfect, as the first real rain of the day started just as we were loading the cars.
Participants: Mark McLane, Phil Hazen, Robynn Albert, Dave Watson, Kristen Watson, and David Hathaway (leader).