The early snow this past weekend reminded me of something that I think is very entertaining. I’ll see if you think so, too.
One of the reasons that hiking on the Appalachian Trail or Long Trail in winter is so difficult is that snow will often obscure blazes and entire corridors of trail. I discovered this in a big way when I worked at Little Lyford in the 100 Mile Wilderness of Maine. Nobody, and I mean nobody, hikes on the AT in that area in the winter. I bushwhacked to the trail at Gulf Hagas Mountain a few times that winter, and found the AT in this kind of condition.
|Note, the blaze is only two feet above the snow there. Normally it’s five or so.|
But that’s only part of it. Here’s the summit sign of Gulf Hagas Mountain that winter, February 2008.
Now look at it from September 2008, when I went back to hike the 100 Mile Wilderness.
|The snow was about where my shoulders are. Five feet?|
One of those days in the winter, I made a longer bushwack to West Peak (on an attempt to reach White Cap mountain), and spent hours trying to find the trail while lost in the spruce. I found the peak, eventually, like this:
And from the summer, here’s what it looked like:
My goodness, that’s a lot of snow! And I can’t wait to break out the snowshoes for this winter. Bring it on!