|Panoramic view from the top of Little Haystack Mountain |
in White Mountains, New Hampshire
|Falling Water Trail - stream crossing balancing on logs|
We put on our gears and set-off. Weather was fantastic. It was slightly warm. However, the official welcoming us at the entrance told us that it would be windy and cold at the top. He suggested we carry some light jackets, which we did. When we reached the top of Little Haystack Mountain, it really was very windy and one would require some warm clothes to stay more than 15 minutes. Little Haystack is at 4760 ft (1451 m).
After few hundred meters, two trails emerged. The Old Bridle Path went straight, the Falling Water trail turned right to a wooden bridge over a stream, the only bridge in the trail. For all other streams, one has to cross hopping on the rocks rising over the rushing water or balancing on the fallen logs. As we walked on we met with many fellow hikers greeting one another with 'happy fourth'. We were walking slow, with many short breaks. Though I had experiences of high altitude treks in the Himalayas, my wife only did short, easy to moderate treks when we were in the United Kingdom. The trek-up took us almost four and half hours, though on average it should take between three and three and half hours.
|Stair Falls, White Mountains|
|Swiftwater Falls, White Mountains|
|Cloudland Falls, White Mountains|
As we headed downhill into the afternoon, the sunlight became very soft. The golden rays penetrated through the forest roof and illuminated the green leaves giving them a more lively look. The same water falls looked wonderful in the golden light. It took us little less than 4 hours on the way down. We headed to our lonely car in the campground. We drove on to our hotel in Lincoln with pained limbs but a sense of achievement.