Photo of Ty and Tango courtesy of Dan S., Princess Piper's photo was taken by Liz W.
Mount Garfield via Mt Garfield Trail
Ascent: 8:15 - 11:30
Summit: 11:30 - 12:30
Descent: 12:30 - 3:30
Mileage: 10 mi
This past weekend was intended to be our second attempt at an overnight trip to the Bonds but we scrapped it again and instead decided to hike Garfield then spend the night at a campground. Our hiking party included Linda, Liz, Dan & Molly, and our new foster pup, Piper from Saving Carolina Dogs. I had spent the week fretting about the heat, Ty's paws, Piper's youth... but in the end decided everyone was coming.
|From left to right: Tango, Ty, Piper
|Piper evaluating her options
Typical terrain variety:
|The rest of the group was kindly awaiting
The summit was fairly busy, and for good reason; the views were stunning. I spent plenty of time spinning around and I still don't think I took it all in. I definitely didn't get enough photos, as if they could do justice anyhow! What I wish I spent more time doing is trying to identify surrounding peaks. Off to the right, Franconia Ridge was obvious and I was amused by the singular mound that is Owl's Head. (Owl's Head is a remote and generally not well-loved 4000 footer that we had some interesting experiences on.) After some time, we migrated to a large, flat, exposed rock slab that made a perfect seating area just below the summit (on the other side of it) where we had a little more privacy/less distractions (read: opportunities for the dogs to go begging strangers). The tentsite (and a shelter?) is somewhere in the vicinity but I forgot to look for it for future trips.
|Standing on the end of the old fire tower base, pano starts to the left and sweeps right over to Owl's Head and Franconia Ridge (below)
|Testing continued for the Web Master Pro
|Molly giving Piper tips on being a trail dog
|Dan's become the official dog whisperer of our group hikes!
|Sled team in the making!?
|Tybee: irritating squirrels across New England since 2009
|...Tango's tent. I think he enjoyed having a human to himself!
|This shows about two thirds of the campsite.
Picnic bench and fire pit to the left, driveway behind me
|Trail dogs turned camp dogs