One Day Pemi Loop, 10 Summits +
"Go as far as you can, and then take another step."
|Pano from Mount Garfield|
Lincoln Woods Trail 1.4 miles
Osseo Trail 4.1 miles To Mount Flume
From Mt. Flume to Mt. Liberty
Franconia Ridge Trail 1.2 miles
From Liberty- 2.2 Miles to Little Haystack
From Little Haystack- .7 Miles to Lincoln
From Lincoln- .9 Miles to Lafayette
From Lafayette- Garfield Ridge 3.5 Miles to Mount Garfield
From Garfield -Garfield Ridge 2.9 Miles to Galehead Hut
1mile round trip Galehead Spur
Twinway .8 Miles up to South Twin (1100 vertical gain in this .8)
Twinway 2.0 Miles to Guyot Junction
Bondcliff Trail 1 mile
1 mile round trip to W. Bond Spur
Bondcliff Trail .5 miles to Mount Bond
Bondcliff Trail 1.2 Miles to Bondcliff
Bondcliff Trail 4.4 Miles
Bondcliff Trail 2.1 Miles to Wilderness Boundary
Lincoln Woods Trail 1.2 Miles
Lincoln Woods Trail 1.4 Miles Back to the car.
(33.5 miles)(Vertical Gain 10,850ft)
Average Pace was 2.2mph
Hikes like this one only happen maybe once a year for me. As they are incredibly exhausting, painful, and sometimes painstakingly long. The longest day hike I have hiked before this one was 26 miles. This was also in Yellowstone NP, and around a lake. With minimal elevation gain. The closest in elevation gain I have done to a hike like this, is a Presidential Traverse. I have done the Traverse a couple times now, and the elevation gain for this one is roughly 9,000ft and about 22 miles long.
I set my alarm for 3:00am on Thursday morning. Knowing I had to be up super early, I went to bed around 9:30pm the night before. I hoped that I wouldn't be too excited and keep myself awake all night. Luckily, I was tired enough I slept for a good chunk of time before waking up around 1:30am. Fell back asleep and awoke when my alarm finally went off. Groggy as anything I brushed my teeth and put my hair in pig tail braids (my usual trail-do). I was in my car by 3:45am and on the road.
The first 1.4 miles on Lincoln Woods Trail went by in just a few minutes, we were speeding to Osseo. Once we got to the junction of Osseo we flew up the easier half of this trail. We started to ascend, what felt to be very quickly up and out of the trees. Before I knew it we were on the steep section with the ladders. This wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. However, I am pretty sure it is the ORIGINAL stair master. I think I would rather ladder steps than the other choice we have in the White Mountains and that is rock steps. When you are only 5'2" those rock steps are never meant for short legged people. I always find myself using my entire upper body as well as my legs to get up them.
|Viewpoint from Osseo Trail|
|Mount Flume 7:00am|
|Franconia Ridge Trail|
|Mount Liberty (windy)|
|Headed across Franconia Ridge|
|Mount Lafayette 9:30am|
|Appalachian Trail Bog Bridges|
|(above) the steep trail (below) view from trail|
|Views from Galehead Look out (Galehead Hut to the left)|
Another half a mile to the summit of Bond. By 5:10pm we were finally at Bond. Looking ahead I could see our final destination. Well, final summit. We quickly grabbed some water and I ate some more crackers and we started down. At this point we were ready to wave at Bondcliff as we walked over it and get back to the car.
|Bondcliff from Bond|
|Bondcliff from W. Bond|
|Raw feet after 34 miles|
In 34 plus miles you learn a lot about yourself. There is a million things while you are out in the wilderness walking that flow through your mind. For me it's everything. I learn so much about myself and how far I can actually push until I just can't take it anymore. There are moments where I ask myself why the heck am I doing this? Moments where I feel at peace with my life, and most of all I learn patience being out there. One of the biggest things that always crosses my mind is that, I know that if I absolutely had to, I could walk for miles in my own shoes. I know that if my car broke down, I could walk until I found help. I have defeated another bucket list challenge and I feel great.
As painful as it was in the end, it was a very enjoyable day. On the other hand, I am not so sure I would want to do that again. I say it now, but I know it's a possibility someone may be able to talk me into it again. Next time I will just make sure to slow down and smell the roses, and empty the rocks out of my boots in the end.
Life is all about beating and getting through all of the challenges it throws at you. I have my own challenges life has thrown at me as I'm sure everyone else does. I am working through them and making myself proud of all of the hoops and obstacles I have gotten through. I will continue to push myself and challenge myself, mostly because I know it helps me grow as a person.
Hike Safe & Keep on Trekking