Columbus Day was a beautiful day. Apple pancakes followed but a little R&R then I packed up the MTB and headed into town to show Dave the trails around Pudding Pond and Sticks & Stones. We took a fair amount of video that I'll edit this week. It's a perfect beginner / intermediate spot and still one of my favorite trails in the valley.
When I got home I repacked and Hilary, Squall and I headed up to Bartlett to hike Mount Carrigain. I hiked it last summer with Squall in August 2014 when he was a puppy but the temps were freezing and the clouds moved in. Tonight was forecasted to be clear skies so I made sure to pack warm clothes and my camera.
The trail is relatively flat for the first 2 miles. At 1.7 miles you come to an intersection where you can make a longer loop by heading left on the Carrigain Notch Trail but we didn't have time for that. The next three miles are no-stop up at 20%+ grade. You gain more than 2,500' on this section of slippery granite chunks. Once up on signal ridge you catch views to the east and can see the summit. There's still another half mile of climbing to get to the summit and you're rewarded with a fire tower that pops you out of the woods and offers 360º views.
We got our shots and headed back down in the dark. Once down to flat ground we were able to run the flats all the way to the parking lot and get out of there around 8PM. A couple beverages in the parking lot and flatbreads for dinner. It was the perfect conclusion to the day!