Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wonalancet, Hibbard, Wonalancet Hedgehog (Not 'The' Hedgehog)

The primary goal of our hike today was to bag Hibbard, one of the summits we had not yet hiked on the 52-with-a-view list.  We planned a loop hike which would take us across Mt. Wonanlancet, over to Hibbard and then continuing on to an unnamed summit which the White Mountain Guide Online called Wonalancet Hedgehog.  I've read posts where some refer to this summit by a different name.  That peak, whatever its name, is different than Hedgehog Mountain located on the UNH trail off the Kanc.

The trailhead for the Wonalancet Range Trail, our starting point, is located just off the Ferncroft Road parking area.  This parking area, which has a porta-potty (always a ++) is a reasonably busy location.  Most parking here are hiking Whiteface or Passaconaway or both.  Today there were 10 or so cars in the lot but everyone must have been hiking other trails as we never saw another soul on our 6.2 mile loop.  It took us a total of five hours to complete the loop.  Yes, Mr. & Mrs. Slowsky were at it again.

With only 2,300' of elevation gain you might not expect much of a challenge from this hike but there are sections going up to Wonalancet and also coming down the Old Mast Road trail which are rather steep.  On to some photos:

 Our clockwise loop actually starts on the Old Mast Road Trail but after a short distance we will turn left onto the Wonalancet Range Trail.

Our left turn...

There are some ledge areas that could be a bit more challenging when wet.

Where do I step next?

As we climb Wonalancet we reach an open ledge with nice views.

This is the open ledge just shy of the Hibbard summit.  We stopped here for lunch.

This is a shot of Wonalancet from Hibbard.  If you look on the left hand side you can see the ledges that one of the earlier photos was taken from.

 Look closely on the right hand side where you can see the dirt road. That is the Ferncroft parking area.

The descent on the Old Mast Road Trail had some pretty steep sections as you can see in this photo and the next.

What now I say??

Sue thought I was crazy but, can you see the dinosaur head in this rock?


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