Monday, March 22, 2010
Kedron Flume 3/20/10
Crossing back into hardwood and eventually back into pines again, dropped slightly and came into Kedron Flume at 11:15. Alomost 2 hrs. for a 1 mile, 700' elevation gain hike! Are you kidding me?! The Flume was still snow covered but the waterfall visible and the view to the south end of Webster Cliffs was nice. The trail ahead from here went straight up a was holding onto some deep snow. Scott gave me that look like, "I have had enough" to which I gave my usual, "just a little further" look. We talked about it and he was right. If we continued at this rate we would be very exhausted and would put us back at point "A" much later than we wanted. I too was getting pretty exhausted so we agreed to turn back.
Going back down was easier but the snow was even more soft now as we predicted and we were post-holing every few steps. I kept saying in my head, snow shoes next year... snow shoes next year... Already soaked boots and pants we decided to just cut the switchbakcs out and (the culvert visible) headed right down the gully to the railroad. Picked up the trail then cut the switchbacks off again following a small ridge, and picked up the trail again a hundred ft. from the trailhead and arrived back on tar at 12:15am. We changed our wet socks and footwear and crossed the bridge to the picnic area to have lunch.
Injuries for the day (mostly from post-holing): Scott: scratched head from (an abrupt stop from me) and him walking into my poles on my backpack, scuffed up shin and knee. Jason: Scuffed up knee and wrist.
First day of Spring, Coulda' Shoulda' settled with Chocorua or Crawford, but we still had fun, and this trail looks wild and awesome for a Spring/Summer hike. I have to go back and re-read Joe's TR from when he did this hike. Re-do is emminant once snow is gone!