Two weeks away from the mountains has not meant two weeks without outings. Last weekend Erick agreed to go somewhere new with us and we were lucky enough to also be sort of near Hannah's neck of the woods so she joined us for our first (overdue) visit to Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham, NH.
Based on a suggestion from a Facebook friend, we parked at the end of Round Pond Road. Despite what the GPS says, it does not go through the park; there is a gate and if it directs you there via Reservation Road, it is leading you astray). It was so busy, we had to park in the overflow area a little ways back towards the main road. One of the reasons I wanted to go to Pawtuckaway was the ability to let the dogs off leash so as soon as we passed the gate, we released the hounds!
Frankly, I believe I am writing a report simply because it has been awhile since my last post because, despite having a loose plan to go up North Mountain via the Boulder Trail, we mostly wandered so I have very little helpful input for info-seekers.
The main trail we began on was perfect for a stroll: packed dirt and wide with no obstacles. After skirting around Round Pond, we crossed a small stream the bore right at the first noticeable intersection (left indicated it was for the Round Pond Bypass).
|If a challenge is what you seek, this isn't the trail for you
but it was perfect for our needs that day!
The trail descended after a few minutes and turned left to avoid one of the first massive boulders (glacial deposits, I believe) where there was an American Bulldog accompanying his boulder-climbing owner. To the right and out of range of the bulldog were more massive boulders and I wandered off trail for photos ops and gawking.
|A little blurry but I have to show off her parkour skills!
|Finding our way to the pond
Can you spot her?
|Lilo keeping watch
This trail had a little light scrambling that added some extra fun and entertainment because Ty was absolutely in heaven. She would disappear up into the rocks and mysteriously reappear in the woods ahead of us. It was at that point I realized how massive the park is. So many cars in the lot but we hadn't encountered hoards of people. Quite a few, but not a quantity difficult to manage with off leash dogs. Many of them were there to climb/boulder.
|Erick leading the way
|A man and his dog <3
The trail we followed from the pond was narrower and more typical of a wooded path with some small obstacles (photos above). We passed an intersection or two, all with promises of more boulders to marvel at and climb up, but we stayed the course and eventually landed back on the trail we started on that led back to the car.
|Scooted up towards the tree with Tango. Ty did not approve.
|Erick making his way back to the trail after giving me a hand.
Tango fared impressively well on his own!
(And Tango too but I have a regrettably small number of crisp photos of him.)
Click here for the official map (which I managed to struggle with and wish had more description to match trail signs)