A week later than the last post, I revisited Sawyer River Road and made a loop with the Kancamagus Highway and Bear Notch.
The road had been open until this point.
The trail across this bridge goes to Sawyer Pond.
And then you drop down to the Kancamagus side: this trail follows what once was a logging railroad.
The railroad crosses a swampy area with views of the mountains.
Yes, my feet got wet here, but I was to get more wet later.
That does look like old railroad ties down there.
And eventually you come to the Swift River. It is recommended that you start from the Kancamagus side since it is close to the trailhead so that you don't arrive at the river and find you cannot cross, but of course I didn't do that.
There were people crossing before me, so I knew I could make it. I used the bike as support against the current rushing over the ledge. It wasn't that deep, but the chain got wet.
Upstream was this small waterfall.
Then there was a headwind slowing down the ride down the Kancamagus Highway to Bear Notch.
And Bear Notch was still gated so I had it almost to myself.
Down in the valley you can see the village of Bartlett. That is my next waypoint. See the snow on Mount Washington?
Almost to Bartlett Village. And then it was northwest on the main road to the car. 27.1 miles for the loop.