This one-day, 12-hour (excluding 8 hours travel time from home) hiking experience showcases the great natural beauty of the tallest mountain in New England. Uphill from Jefferson notch to Jefferson Summit to Cave-mountain to the summit of Mt Washington, and down through Crawford Path and Mt. Eisenhower to Crawford notch, this 15-mile long unique trail was a perfect getaway to leave the stress of the world behind and get lost in the serenity of nature.
The hiking team: Purushottam P, Bijay G, Tika M, Ishwar K, Puspa D/K!, Sanjay G
Experienced in hiking- Purushottam, Bijay, Tika, Ishwar
Conditioned (with regular work out), but not experienced in hiking-Puspa
Unconditioned with no hiking experience- Sanjay. The last time I remember going for hiking was more than 10 years ago in Shivapuri danda. As I look back, and try to recall a few things about the experience then (the geography, the people I went with, and the hiking trails), I was astonished to find myself in a position that I remember very few things. The experiences I’ve forgotten are lost to time. However, this time this won’t be the case- we had a near professional photographer- Tika.
Normal early morning start at 5 in the morning, a nice heavy breakfast at McDonald’s at 7, and ready to hit the trails by 9. The weather could not be better. Clear, warm day Headed north uphill from Jefferson notch…
I was new to the area and fully unfamiliar with hiking on the rocky terrain. Other end of the spectrum, full of confidence and stories of earlier experiences, Purush was the source of motivation- Unfolding a map from his pocket, he says-“look here, it’s a piece of cake. Keep heading up and we will finish this in no time. But, watch the weather, it is very unpredictable, one moment rain and another moment sunshine”.
The plan, trail and the destination
Big Mac for the road?