Sunday, April 5, 2015

One Big Slide past halfway. 2015-04-05

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A clockwise loop of Big Slide.

  • My eighth hike to Big Slide.
  • The 277th peak of 552 for the ADK Grid. One peak past the halfway point but the end still seems a lifetime away.
  • Duncan and Marissa accompanied me for the first three miles along Johns Brook.
  • Previous day's snowfall refreshed the trails and scenery.
  • Snowshoes were indispensable for the Slide Mtn. trail especially above 3000'.
  • Snow-bridges were intact but only solid where others have crossed repeatedly.
  • I spent 45 minutes lounging on the summit. Hurray for warm weather.
  • No sign of Big Slide's pine marten.
  • Descent via the Brothers was fast and fun (1h 15m). Only one "unplanned glissade".
  • Rocks and frozen ground are beginning to appear in sunny and low-lying areas.
  • 4h 45m for the 9.6 mile loop.
  • Settled into the back seat of the car for a snooze while waiting for the return of Duncan and Marissa from Upper Wolfjaw.

Slide Mtn. trail.
Lovely day for views.

Hikers on First Brother.


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