Saturday, June 2, 2018

Solo Hike of Pierce and Eisenhower, 5/28/2018



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 Pierce and Eisenhower
5/28/2018
Crawford Path, Edmands Path
Around 10.1 miles
3180 feet of elevation gain

Sage and I posed for a picture before I left to hike solo.  I am excited that we are now wearing T-shirts with Union of Concerned Scientists' (UCS) logo when we hike.

Photo by Trish Herr
After saying our goodbyes, I started hiking on Crawford Path.  Mom and Sage took the 2-mile road walk leading to Edmands Path.  


There they went!  I watched them for a second before immersing myself in Crawford Path foliage.


When I am alone, I become more confident, observant, and clear-headed.  When I first began solo hiking, I was nervous and wanted to make sure I did everything perfectly.  Now that I have solo hiked several mountains, I feel more comfortable being responsible for myself out there.  Since my first solo hike, my enjoyment of solitude has increased.


Brand-new shoes: 






Rocky trail...


I spotted a chipmunk sitting on a tree branch, enjoying her/his snack. 





After reaching this intersection, I believe I started hiking faster.  It usually takes me the first mile or mile and a half to "get into my hiking groove," if you will.




Onward...


I saw numerous streams along the way.





I love this shirt!  I am happy to be supporting UCS.  


Trying to show the logo...


Close to the alpine-zone...


I was excited to get above treeline! 


It was a cloudy day, but it felt amazing to be up there.


Hiking up Pierce...



Little plant formations...



On the summit...




Powerade tastes better on a hike, when you are working out.  



Heading over to Eisenhower...


Little beauties...












The clouds dissipated a bit.











The Mount Washington Hotel... 



More flowers...

 


 







Pretty rock...


I loved seeing beautiful purple and green plants...

 







When I reached the intersection with the trail leading to the summit of Eisenhower, I had not yet seen Sage and Mom (who were hiking the loop from the other side, starting from Edmands Path).  I figured I would see them on the summit of Eisenhower.




Cool ladder...


Up I go...




Still cloudy...



I reached the summit!  I still hadn't come across Sage and Mom.



I took some summit selfies and then ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

 



After a mildly short break, I started heading back down...


I was getting a little bit worried that I had not seen Sage and Mom yet, but I assumed I would see them soon.



Sure enough, I came across them while hiking down Eisenhower!  We greeted each other, took some pictures, and then I headed down the summit cone while they kept ascending.

  







Once I reached the intersection with Edmands Path, I hiked down, off the ridge.



















Coming down...









Some white flowers I saw: 









Pretty green foliage...



Looking down...




The trees were so fully green and beautiful.





I finished hiking down Edmands Path, and then I just had the 2-mile roadwalk left.
   


The scenery I saw while walking the road was beautiful.
  




Gorgeous sky and clouds...







I was happy to finally reach the point at which I started the hike.


I had an amazing time!  It is wonderful hiking alone.  Everything I experience seems to be more vivid when I solo hike. 

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