Pine Mt. at the Morse Preserve. This is a Forest Society property in Alton Bay I had heard a lot about and had been itching to check out. We met at the bay and Jill followed me to the parking lot.
Oh, and smack-dab in the center is a large boulder. And how could I forget the 180+ degree view!? Although it was overcast today, we could still see the entire Belknap range as well as a good portion of Lake Winnipesaukee! It was spectacular! The weather wasn't bad either. It was rather comfortable with the occasional sunshine through the cloud cover, a nice gentle breeze and no biting bugs around! Ahhhh!
We all found our spots on the rock and sat down to eat our snacks and lunches. After eating we just hung out enjoying this wonderful spot. The kids were finding some ripe blueberries and they began searching for more. This kept them occupied for nearly an hour! A man and his young daughter soon arrived at the summit and his daughter also joined in on the blueberry hunt. Jill and I just relaxed watching Taylor play with the grass and trying to walk around the summit area.
I also did some exploring and found a survey marker, a wood lily, plenty of whorled loose-strife and another survey marker that Adam spotted on top of the boulder. Once the kids were done picking berries we did a couple group photos and packed up our stuff. We picked a few more ticks off us, which were not as bad as I thought considering all the grass up here. We descended down the loop section that swings around the South and West side of the mountain and joins the main trail just above the forest border. It was then a quick hike down and an end to a wonderful, kid-friendly hike!