The UNH Trail is a lollipop-type loop hike starting from a 0.8 mile-long central trail before branching. Think of the “stick” of the lollipop. Our trio, after hiking to the start of the actual loop, decided as per their morning plan to go right hitting Allen’s Ledge and the summit first, before dropping down to the mountain-facing East Ledges. The trail was broken out so they enjoyed a relatively easy ascent. The view at the Allen’s Ledge was excellent, as was the summit view and later those from the East Ledges. All was going according to plan. After that, though, the idea of continuing around to complete the loop was dashed by the lack of broken trail. Álvaro and John were undaunted, and the trio did travel some ways in the knee deep snow (even with snowshoes), but ultimately the team decided to turn around and go back the way they came.
For those who have hiked with Álvaro or who’ve been following our adventures, you’ll know his claim to fame, so to speak, is sharing sometimes even cooking Portuguese comfort foods like chouriço (chorizo). On this Hedgehog hike, Álvaro didn’t disappoint bringing along special tarts called pastéis de belém for them all to sample.
Such a pretty mountain. Well done all. Tasty guiding, Álvaro!