"Small Mountains, Huge View!" (pictures)
No Northern Passage, LiveFreeOrFry.org". It was rather humorous, on the other side of the lake are signs for "Free Ward Bird". Us Northern'ers don't mess around! And for the record, I say NO to the Northern Passage! Clouds were thicker the further North we went but I kept my hopes up that they would break! We past the Rattlesnake/Morgan parking lots and found the Percival lot not plowed in the winter. So back to the Morgan parking lot we went. One other car was in the parking lot.
survey marker here too. The cold wind chilling us down I talked Scott into heading to the East peak.
Armstrong Natural Area. Past this, now on the Ridge trail you pass a very interesting rock formation on the left. It is triangular shaped and sliced perfectly leaving a cross section of puzzle like cracked stone in the center. As you traverse the small ridge you cross at or near the West summit peak (1260'). Then you descend down to a col. and climb again to another ledge. This ledge smaller and a more limited view looks directly over to the massive presence of Fire Tower topped Redhill and it's long ridge marked on it's North end by Eagle Cliff. You can also see the even more massive Northern section of the Shaw/Ossippee Range beyond Redhill's ridge. We then made the short walk up to the summit of East peak (1289') for about 10:45am.
We quickly reached the parking lot from here to find this lot half full and the Morgan lot full! There were 5 Rhode Island plates and a Texas plate. Odd, perhaps all visiting the area together?? We finished this wonderful hike around 12:00pm. Highly recommended, a great short family hike! 3.4 miles for the day, 1000 feet elevation gain.