Our last hike on our fall vacation was a chance to hike with good friends and new friends. We were invited to hike the Baldface Circle Loop with Mark and Natalie; Trish, Hugh, Alex and Sage; and Dan and Janelle. It was a long day beginning at 8:30 am and finishing in the dark at 6:30 pm. Everyone enjoyed the trail, tricky ledges and grand summits with 360 degree views along the 10+ mile hike. Even though we had hiked this loop back in the fall of 2001, it was a totally new experience for us. Thanks to all for a fantastic hike and we look forward to more hikes with the group.
Left to right: Nat, Donna, Sage, Alex, Hugh, Trish at the Baldface Circle Trail Head.
Short spur took us to the Emerald Pool
Emerald Pool along Charles Brook
Left to right: Trish, Alex, Hugh, Mike, Sage, Donna, Mark, Nat at the South Baldface Shelter.
Facing towards Royce Mountain which I think looks like a face looking up at the sky.
Donna negotiating one of the lower ledges
Large slabs and ledges about two tenths mile past the South Baldface shelter
Some ledges were slippery
Our group spread out along the ridge.
Open granite slabs marked by cairns
Summit of South Baldface from about a half mile away
Michael making his way up the ridge
Michael follows the trail marked by cairns and rocks
Nearing the junction with the Baldface Knob Trail
Alex took this picture of Donna and Michael
Another nice photo taken by Alex
Looking towards North Baldface
Tough Cookie and Buffalo heading towards us along the Baldface Knob Trail (I)
Tough Cookie and Buffalo heading towards us along the Baldface Knob Trail (II)
Tough Cookie and Buffalo getting closer
Trish and Hugh anticipating the arrival of Janelle and Dan
Adding a layer because of the cool breezy conditions
Continuing up the South Baldface slope
Heading towards the summit of South Baldface
Our group off in the distance
Donna and one of the cairns that marked the trail
Looking back along the ridge
Trish passes out brownies on the summit of South Baldface
Thank you Trish for the delicious brownies
I think Mark likes his brownie
Zoomed view of Mount Washington; there's still a little bit of snow left
North Baldface 1.2 miles away
Looking back down the trail
Looking back along the ridge up South Baldface
View of eastern ridge up South Baldface from North Baldface
Dan and Donna arrive at the summit of North Baldface; 3,610 feet
The group on the summit of North Baldface
Donna on the summit of North Baldface
The girls on the summit of North Baldface
Group picture on the summit of North Baldface
Reflections of the North Baldface summit
Looking towards Eagle Crag; our next goal
Mount Washington off in the distance
Looking south from the summit of North Baldface
One last look back towards South Baldface and the ridge we came up
The girls love to have their picture taken
Hugh leads the way to Eagle Crag
View of eastern ridge up South Baldface from Eagle Crag
We made it (to Eagle Crag)!
Trish and Sage at Eagle Crag
"Buffalo" and "Tough Cookie"
"Tough Cookie" and "Jimmy Legs" talk about pop tarts.
Alex and her leaf collection