Route: Old Jackson Road - Madison Gulf Trail - side path (out and back)
Distance: 4.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,050 feet
Duration: Longer than book time when the views are that good! (book time 2hr45min)
By far, the longest time it's taken me to write up a trip report but for such a great a little hike, it was worth plugging through! Being that this hike was awhile ago now, I'll provide a simple description for hikers considering it.
Low's Bald Spot is a fantastic and strangely quiet viewpoint on the western side of Mount Washington, minutes off of the Auto Road, providing some super cool views. In the days leading up to the hike, I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do for foster pup Sage's first hike and spotted the suggestion on my AMC White Mountains National Forest map. Instantly sold on the idea, I messaged Hannah and she agreed to come along for the short, fairly easy trek.
|waiting to go!|
|Excited for her first hike!|
|Good start on the views!|
|NOT cool! As the "driveway" narrowed, people continued to line|
the outer edge.
|Bridge over nothing - only some drinking puddles|
this time of year
After the incline, the trail evened and crossed running water. We'd passed a handful of dry stream beds so far and this was a veritable swimming pool. Okay, kiddie pool. Then came a sharp left turn up a staircase. We passed it slightly for another water break before ascending.
|Small scramble I don't have a good angle on due to being|
attached to Miss Sage
That first viewpoint is accessed via a herd path just after ascending a very short and easy scramble. We enjoyed a snack and giggles at Sage's seating position before continuing on.
|She's a natural!|
|I'll just leave this here...|
We didn't make it far before crossing the Auto Road and the dogs took another drink and we observed some curiosities:
|Not strange, per se, but not something I've seen|
on a trail before
|To quote Hannah, "I have questions."|
|Still, "only" a teaser vista|
With hardly any wind, blue skies, and natural seating, we hung out for quite awhile, only being passed by two other sets of hikers. I suppose, being what it's surrounded by, the seeming lack of popularity of this hike shouldn't be a surprise but to me, it's a semi-hidden gem.
Until Blogger starts limiting my picture uploads...:
|Ooh, la, la, don't tell Tango!|
|Titus enjoys displacing Nalgenes|
|Ever the composed four-legger|
|So many friends!|
|"Been there, done that!"|
|Wooing all the ladies today!|
|Carved from the same mold, these two daredevils|
|Wildcat Ski Area|
|Dingo-esque dogs ate Hannah while the pibble stood idly by!|
|Tried all day to capture those bright, happy eyes!|
|Heading down the scramble|
This time of year, there was not a heck of a lot of water but it was obvious that there is during others. Considering what Ty and I are currently working on with training, I liked that this trail mostly parallels the road. Out of earshot and relatively quiet but being so close to roads and more popular trails cut down significantly on the critter sightings. It was such a fun day, I recommend this hike as a starter jaunt, for a quick view, or simply a hike on the more relaxing side. But with one fun scramble!
^ Hiking win! ^