Middle Mountain Via Unknown Pond Trail
"I would rather be amongst forest animals and the sounds of nature, than amongst city traffic and the noise of man." - Anthony Douglas Williams
Into the forest we go to lose our minds and find our soul. This is probably my favorite John Muir quote. I often wonder why I am so drawn to these mountain. Why do I continuously push myself up these peaks? Often times it feels like self inflicted torture, but victory is oh so sweet. Is it the challenge I love? Or the sounds and stillness of the forest around me? I think it’s both. It really is a place to let your mind be free to wonder and to nourish my wild soul.
This hike was one of those hikes that you question why you’re doing it. The woods were beautiful, but there was no view. My son was so disappointed that our accomplishment was only signified by a measly sign noting the name and elevation of the summit. I assured him that the climb itself was worth it and I would cook him a warm meal and tea to make up for the lack of view.
It was chilly at the top despite being surrounded by trees. The air was cold and damp. Hot tea and a warm meal was exactly what we needed. Thank goodness for my JetBoil. Our summit luncheon and some good conversation with my son was definitely worth the 3.7 miles up. Another Go North 9er bagged and tagged.
Location: Norton, VT
Distance: 7.4 miles
Time Frame: 3-5 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft
Elevation: 2,947 ft.
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