Monroe (no summit)

Hans and I attempted a summit of Monroe via the Ammonosuc Ravine Trail.  We knew pretty quickly that we weren’t going to summit (fog + rain + the forecast) so we aimed for the Lake of the Clouds hut instead.

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It was one of those oddly gorgeous days to be hiking – the fog and rain made everything misty and saturated with color.  And spring means lots of running water!

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Monroe was full of these lovely gorges and water features and the first few miles are relatively flat and easy -doing just the first part of the Ammonosuc Ravine Trail would make for a lovely yet moderate hike.

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This gorge was one of my favorite features! I’m so looking forward to bringing my tripod up to better capture how beautiful it is.

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A steeper patch with the ice on the trail.  We didn’t make it to the hut – we called it about half a mile below, due to the bad trail conditions and heavily gusting wind.

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And then right after we turned around, the snow started.  By the time we reached the parking lot, it looked like a proper winter day (though the sun came out in full force as soon as we left the mountains. It felt like we’d gone spring-winter-summer!)

It was a really lovely hike, if cut a bit short. I can’t wait to go back and summit – the best things about mountains, after all, is that they’re always going to be there tomorrow.

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