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Happy 4th of July! We did South Baldface back on April 4th with plenty of snow still left and we have been wanting to see this magnificent granite batholith without snow cover. With the beautiful holiday weekend sure to bring thousands to the Conway's, the presidential range and the notches I decided to head to the more quite area's along Rt. 113 bordering NH and ME. So off we went for an early start.
We broke left at the Emerald pool junction (we remember the sign missing back in April and now a temporary paper sign marks the trails at this junction). Next down a little ways we broke right at the Slippery brook junction. The clouds now dissipated and the heat beginning to settle in. We climbed moderately, the trail rarely making any steep pitches and arrived at the boulder field just before reaching the Baldface shelter. We new in just a few more minutes we would break tree line to our first granite slab and views out to the North and West. Here we had a much anticipated snack and my new favorite hiking companion Coconut-Mandarin water, mmm! As we relaxed and took in our first views we could here what sounded like a large group stopping for lunch a few hundred yards back down at the shelter. We packed up and began the steep climb hoping to stay ahead of the crowd!