There has been so much colorful foliage to enjoy this fall that I have not had time to share. The color was brilliant this year and the brightest colors held on unusually long. The passing of a cold front this past weekend has brought an end to much of that now.
That is how the hike depicted in the next two posts allowed us to see beautiful foliage even though we went a little late in the season. We climbed South Baldface in North Chatham, NH via the Baldface Circle Trail over the Ledges and descended over the Knob down Slippery Brook Trail.
Green at lower elevations changing to more and more color at the shelter just before the ledges.
The ledges begin. Historically, granite slabs were cut here to be used for foundations and dragged down with oxen. For climbing, it is like going up giant steps. And more interesting if the ledge is wet.
The mountains in the background from left to right: West Royce, East Royce, down to Evans Notch, Caribou in the distance, and Speckled on the far right.
It is like surfing granite.
Because overcast skies did not make for interesting backgrounds, many of these photos show details instead of sweeping panoramas.
Blueberry plants and grass. Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton is behind the scrub trees.
The top of the ledges looking up to the summit of South Baldface.
Blueberries (well past good flavor) and cranberries (a nice snack). There were still many berries on the bushes. It must have been great back in August.
The summit (Mount Washington hiding in the clouds).
It looks like there may have been a little snow on Mount Washington.
Evans Notch and Caribou.
White Horse Ledge and Cathedral Ledge with North Conway, NH in the valley below.
View to the east. Pine Hill was mentioned in my last post. We hiked it a few weeks ago.
To be continued.