November 14, 2010 Hike #2
To get to hundreds of hikes over the last 6 years, I've driven along the Kancamagus Highway. Today was the day for climbing the mountain that the highway was named after. It's a bushwhack hike. All the accounts I've read from other people hiking this was by hiking up the Livermore Trail to the height of the land and then bushwhacking up to the summit. That seemed the long way to me and we were short on time. Jeremy and I decided to get as close as we could to the summit. We parked just under a mile east of Kancamagus Pass at about 2600'. I checked my GPS we were just .7 miles from the summit. It would be a steep climb. It's impossible to bushwhack through thick woods in a straight line so I estimate that it was more like a mile to the top. There wasn't a whole lot to see on this hike. We headed straight up and within an hour we were on the 3763' summit of Mount Kancamagus. Because of it's height, it just misses making the list of New England's 100 Highest.