Steep Climb To The Top!!
Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
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We got up nice and early this morning so that we could get a good start on our long hike for the day. We left the campground at like 6:45, but got held up right outside the campground due to construction on the bridge to get in to the campground. They had a dump truck blocking the road so we had to wait until it was full of dirt before it moved out of the way. This did allow us to watch the sun rise over the mountain in front of us.
We got to the Pinkham Notch parking lot and started on our hike at about 7:30am. We weighed our packs before heading out, Jared's weighed 20lbs and mine weighed 13lbs. Jared had two bladders full of water and I had one, so we had a total of 6 liters of water with us
When we got to the top we of course got our picture with the summit sign and then we checked out the gift shop (where we got a bench mark magnet) and the Tip Top House, which at one point was a hotel on the top of the mountain
After we finished up lunch we decided to head down the Lion Head Trail, which is 4.8 miles long. This trail starts out at the same spot as the Tuckerman Ravine Trail at the top and then veers off 0.4 miles down the mountain. Then shortly after passing the Hermit Lake Shelter it meets back up with the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. The length in between is longer than the Tuckerman Ravine Trail so we thought it might be a little less steep
Even though we weren’t as winded coming down the mountain it was still hard on our legs. My knees were definitely killing me from all the stepping down from rock to rock and both of our toes were sore from having our feet getting shoved up in our shoes. After we met up with the Tuckerman Ravine Trail again we were both pretty excited to only have about 2 more miles to go and for it to be not as steep. As we were making our way down we came across two ladies that had done a hike up to the Hermit Lake Shelter and were now on their way back down. The one lady was moving faster than the other one and quickened her pace to keep up with us. She chatted with us the whole rest of the way down the mountain. She was quite a chatter and it was pretty nice to have a distraction from our toes and legs hurting us. It made the last leg down go by quicker. When we got to the bottom we went our separate ways from our new friend and decided to weigh our packs again. Jared’s now weighed 13lbs and mine weighed 12lbs. So Jared’s lost 7lbs from the start between his extra bladder of water and the food he ate and I only lost 1lb,which was probably just from the food I ate and the water I drank on the way down.
After weighing our packs again we headed right for the RV so we could take off our shoes and take a seat. Then we figured out what campground we wanted to go to and headed right for it.