Another solo hike and I couldn’t have picked a more beautiful day. It was a little bit of a drive from home about an hour and a half away. It was a nice drive and a good day for it. When I reached the trail it was gorgeous out. The trail started out pretty with a steady incline but not bad. I didn’t realize that I would be hiking up next to a ski resort which was kind of interesting. As I reached the first look out it was a view over looking the ski trail.
After leaving this look out the trail continues on straight up. And I do mean straight up. There was still a lot of snow on the trail and I was thankful for my micro spikes. I met a man coming down he said he was thankful he was going down and not up. I soon realized why he was so thankful. For one of the easiest 4,000 footers it wasn’t that easy. I pushed forward and just kept on going. As i got further up the trail the day was getting warmer and the snow was getting slushy which didn’t make things any easier. I finally made it to the summit and I was both relieved and proud.
Elevation: 4,003 ft
Elevation Gain: 2,162 ft
Location: Waterville Valley
Rating: Moderate to Hard
Distance: 5.3 miles out and back