|Eagle Pass, Greenleaf Trail
With the fog and overnight showers, the rocks were damp but free of snow or ice for quite awhile and I found myself surprised by the ruggedness of the trail. It was also clear by the narrowness and wayward branches protruding into the trail that Greenleaf Trail is not nearly as popular as its sister trail, the Old Bridle Path, that also reaches the hut from Franconia Notch/Rt 93 in about the same distance despite it's generally moderate grade. Reflecting on the day, despite how much I was huffing and puffing picking around large rocks and following the ups, downs, and more ups of the trail, it's overall grade began as somewhat moderate.
|Ty hit the ground running
|One of our new friends, Denali!
Trail variety below Eagle Pass:
|Our other new friend, Titus (Lilo's new brother)!
|Wet, bloody, but finally found, oye
|Glimpsing the pass from below
|Conditions immediately following the pass
|The surrounding woods had a temperate rainforest feel to them -
Trail conditions between the Pass and our turnaround point:
|Finally figuring out the wisdom of going around the ice
|Our turnaround point
|Though slick, descending required hardly any assistance
|Someone is trying to prove himself quickly!
|Just had to share more of the handsome poser!
|Zoom in on this one, it's worth it!
|Some of the remaining fog
We decided to meet for coffee in Lincoln before going our separate ways and laughed at the beautiful blue, puffy cloud skies and milder temperatures outside of the Notch. After our Dunkin run, I drove back towards home along the Kanc and pulled into the Downes Brook parking lot but hung out for a bit, letting the dogs rest, while I decided between Sawyer Pond, Hedgehog, and Potash. Finally, I switched some things over from my winter pack to summer one and we headed towards Hedgehog. No trip report this time but the trails are dry and I'll be adding some general notes about the trail to my post from 5/14/2015.
|Smiling for PB&J