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Hiked the Wapack Trail for Easter weekend, starting in northern Massachusetts on Mount Watatic, and ending in New Hampshire on Pack Monadnock. Here's a picture from a third of the way in, overlooking Binney Pond. Lots of nice views of Monadnock and the rest of Southern New Hampshire on this trail. For springtime when the trails further north are covered in rotten snow, trails like this are great for getting some early backpacking in and training for later season. For once, I remembered to bring lots of sunscreen, since the lack of foliage usually leads to horrible sunburns for me.
The trail was a little muddy in places, but otherwise in very good condition. It also showed me just how out of shape I am right now compared to what I was hoping I would be. Ugh. I'm hoping the 85° heat on Sunday was the real reason for my feeling wrecked at the end of the 20 miles, but I'm not so sure.
Sunday River Whitecap, one of the highlights of the Grafton Loop Trail, is not very easy to get to in winter (even if it was the first week of spring the other day). My hiking buddy, Nancy, and I tried to bushwhack to the peak a few years ago, and did not get very far. This year we tried it again, and made it to just below the summit. Alas, it was so windy and cold that we had to turn around. But no problem-- it was just as beautiful below the summit as up top. We were lucky to find the GLT coming out of Miles Notch at all, since the trail is incredibly difficult to find in the open birch forest. Maybe next year we'll make it all the way to the top.