It was Garfield I had in mind for today. A solo hike to Garfield to knock off another on my list. When I posted my plans online, a friend, Whitney had messaged me and asked if I would like to hit the Wildcats instead. With my plans being Garfield on Monday and Wildcat A on Tuesday- I agreed. We planned to meet at 19 Mile Brook Trail at 8:30 am. We spotted her car there and took mine back to Glen Ellis Falls to start our adventure.
This was the first time either one of us had hiked with each other. We totally hit it off within minutes of getting on trail. We had the conversation about what to expect. I had previously hiked Wildcat Ridge when I had hit Wildcat D back in November. I knew it was steep and rugged. So, up the trail we went. And when I say up- I literally mean UP. We chatted pretty much the entire way up and I have no idea how we did it and kept a good pace.
Finally bursting out onto the ledges we received our first views of the day.
Here we reached the observation tower, where we stopped to take a few photos and eat some food. Food that was well deserved after the rock climb we just endured.
Fun and enthusiasm are always welcome on trail! I love it. Shortly after our trek down steep steep terrain, we arrived at the lakes and then the hut. It was gorgeous down there. It almost looked like this lake and then a beach hidden in this notch of the mountains!
We stopped at some really great viewpoints on the way up to Carter Dome. Where we saw this great rock face & this is where Whitney proceeded to tell me to go find a way to the top of it and she will take my photo.. Unless I could fly there was no way in hell I was getting on top of that rock. Tis' why we both laughed. I would have been like a secret Bond photo, just in Carter Notch!
I had been to Carter Dome last fall but it was socked in. I remember it being a pretty large open summit. So where we were couldn't have been it. So we walked less than a 10th of a mile and there is was. Carter Domes summit. Here we took more photos and munched on a small snack.
We followed 19 Mile Brook out and back to the car.
It's not a hike until someone falls. I had that covered on the way out. More than once. In the process of talking about balancing on the rocks in the Whites I stepped onto a rock that was a loose round rock and rolled from underneath my foot, as I graciously fell on my butt. We were both mildly entertained by my gracious falls, as Whitney referred to them as. With my gracious falls and her arms swings from insects rubbing up against her arm, we had quite the enjoyable trek! Probably one of the bests I've had in a really long time.
There is no better time and place to get to know someone than when you are out in the woods on a trail. We made an awesome adventure out of our day. We both stuck it out and pushed ourselves much further than we had both anticipated.
Hike Safe & Keep on Trekking