Peaks: North Tripyramid, Middle Tripyramid, South Tripyramid
Trails: Livermore Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail
Mileage/time: 11.1 miles, 3214 feet of gain, book time of 7:10, actual time of 7:39
Tripyramids, how many times have I hiked you? This makes four, the third via the "infamous" North Slide. Conditions made for a rickety ascent at first, but we'll get to that. Mike was leading this hike for the Meetup group, Random Group of Hikers, and we had a crew of six heading up. Mike and I were joined by Karen, Debra, Brad, and Radley. This would be a Grid only day, as there would be no redlining, and no new peaks... and I seriously resisted the urge to do something on my ride home! We all met around 8am, and started up the Livermore Trail/Road shortly thereafter.
Photographic treats abound on the Livermore Trail, with fresh leaves, wildflowers, and the rushing of Avalanche Brook. We moved quickly, but stopped to take in some scenes along the way.
Making quick time (thanks to Karen) to the upper junction, we took a break before heading into the wilderness, and the slides. We started to see patchy snow in the woods while heading toward the slide, and by the time we reached the bottom, we had to contend with a foot or two of unstable snow, and damp, slippery slabs.
After some slips, and questionable footing, the rocks became drier, and the snow disappeared. The slabs became more grippy, and some fun was had! That, and some pesky views.
Like anything good, the climb was over too fast, and we all regrouped at the top of the slide, taking a break in the sun.
|Long way down!|
|Chocorua and Passaconaway|
|South Tripyramid and Sandwich Dome|
Soon, we were back in the woods, on a soft footbed, next to Slide Brook. There were several nice trailside scenes, including an impressive cascade, known as Black Cascade. Not sure if I got a picture of it!
Along this section, we saw the only other hiker we'd see all day, a lady named Sandy. She's working on her grid, is 92% done, and that's just since she turned 60!!! Way to go, and nice to meet you! Shortly, we reached the lower junction, not before I just walked through the last crossing... felt so good on the feet. The roadwalk went quickly, and we rolled into the lot about 10 minutes before 4.
A post-hike celebration was had at the Mad River Tavern, where Mike and I imbibed on some delicious Switchback Ale. Thanks to all of you for an awesome day, one of the best Meetups thus far!