Route: Ledges Trail
Distance: 3.6 miles (roundtrip)
Duration: Two hours
The Ledges Trail has a nice kiosk once you take the stone staircase up from the road that details the trails and safety precautions. Shortly thereafter, the broad trail begins to gain elevation fairly evenly. As of yesterday, the leaf cover is fresh and the ground dry, unlike a little bit further north. For that reason, this is a great hike for those not ready to welcome winter.
|Last staircase before the open ledges|
|Staring at a squirrel|
|Someday I'll look up the history behind this|
The trail turned into the woods and ascended some more before the junction with the terminus of the Southwest Ledges Trail (which we would someday like to try) and a secondary sign directing us to the main peak, just another couple minutes up the trail.
After taking an hour to cover the 1.8 miles to the top, we relaxed for about 25 minutes appreciating the silence and trying to simply live in the moment. Tango is certainly best at that, I'm trying, and Ty, well, she's trying these days too!
|Private massage with a view... spoiled!|
|Half relaxed, always ready|
With a lot of luck, my strategy worked and we reached the car unscathed with some light left in the sky. Pleasant Mountain is a small peak but has a to to offer. Our first time we were there, it provided a solid challenge for Erick (an intermittent hiker) and blueberries galore to sweeten the day. Yesterday it gave us a perfect, short, moderate hike with the spectacular views I was craving. I even remembered to bring and use my binoculars to observe the patchy snow on Mt Washington. Despite the freshly fallen leaves that hid potential hazards, the terrain was excellent for a quick hike. There weren't many water sources but the trail was quite dog friendly, despite Tango slipping on rocks that were hidden by the leaves. He's very ready for winter. But to get in one last warm-weather hike was special and I couldn't have asked for a better afternoon hike.