Trails: Roost Trail, roadwalk
Mileage/time: 2.2 miles, ~650 feet of gain, book time of 1:25, actual time of 1:07
After a fantastic long weekend, I felt the need to get out and hike something. I had a great experience at SOLO in Conway, getting my WFA certification, and though I hope to never have to use the skills learned, it was all good information to have. Originally, I'd planned to hike the Doubleheads with Samantha, but when I wasn't able to reach her, I decided to save them for another day. I had heard that Evans Notch Road was open, so I thought I'd take a drive out there, and see how things looked. As is typical, I stopped at the Basin for a picture or two (it photographs better in the morning), love this place.
|Southeast spur of West Royce|
|Wild Oat Flower|
|Wild River Valley, Wildcats in the distance|
|South towards Evans Notch|
The last crossing, and the subsequent roadwalk, provided a little history lesson. Once I reached the crossing, I noticed a stone wall in the middle of the stream, and on the far bank, remains of a foundation, and bricks. These were part of an old mill, from the logging days, when the Wild River Valley was being ravaged, and the town of Hastings bustled on the banks of Evans Brook and the Wild River.
Once I reached the road, I shortly saw a stone foundation on the side of the road, another remnant of bygone years, that I've never seen in all my years of driving along this road. Just goes to show, it's more interesting being on foot. I was also able to gaze for a few minutes at the confluence of Evans Brook and the Wild River.