Due to some work obligations, a knee injury, and travel It’s been a while since I’ve been back in the White Mountains of NH. Today Conan and I returned! I decided to head into Franconia Notch and hike up Mt. Flume and Liberty. I’ve been on these mountains several times before but this would be a first for Conan!There’s a few different ways to hike these mountains. The easier route would be to take the Osseo or Liberty Springs trail as an “in and out”. Today I was looking for a bit of a challenge and decided to take Flume Slide Trail. I’m still recovering from a knee injury from December, but I was feeling strong and ambitious today.Flume Slide trail is known for its notoriously steep wet slab climb to the summit of Mt. Flume. I was apprehensive to take Conan up this trail since it’s not very dog friendly, but he’s done some steep climbs with me before so we went for it.The weather forecast for the day looked great, mid-high 80’s, sunny, dry, low wind!
Today Conan and I decided to make a trip to the Pemigewasset Wilderness and visit my favorite place in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The Bonds! Three peaks: Bondcliff (4,265′), Mt. Bond (4,698′), and West Bond (4,540′) all classify as New Hampshire 4000 footers.I have been up here twice before. However, it would be a first for Conan. It would also be my first time visiting the bonds by approaching in and out via Lincoln Woods. The Bonds are incredible peaks that are as isolated as it gets in the White Mountains. From the summit of Bondcliff you cannot see another man made structure (unless you squint and see the fire tower on Mt. Carrigain.).Bondcliff is known for it’s exposed rocky ledges and cliffs. It is an amazing sight to see in person and I was excited to get back there!
With cooler days in New England becoming more common. The sun going down earlier and earlier with each passing day. I decided I needed to squeeze in another long trail run / hike in the whites before the seasons change. Having just completed a Presidential Traverse in July… I wanted to push myself harder than before. This brought me to the Pemigewasset Loop AKA the Pemi Loop!