We arrived at Moose Brook Campground, our usual Seek the Peak location, on Thursday afternoon. We went a day early this year so that we'd have time for warm-up hike on Friday and be able to go to the registration event in North Conway without having to worry about getting back to set up camp afterward. We set up the new LL Bean King Pine tent (which we really love) and got settled in for the evening. Nobody else in our group was arriving before Friday so we had a quiet evening.
Home sweet home for the next week
We had been hoping that the recent heat wave was going to break before we got to NH, and did it ever! We woke up on Friday morning to brilliant blue skies and a 42 degree temperature reading! Chilly, but felt so much better than the hot, sticky weather of late. We made coffee and went through the maps and books looking for a good hike to get our legs going for Saturday. We thought about a couple of possibilities in western Maine (since we were so close). Caribou Mt. looked like a good possibility, but we finally decided to go to Imp Face in Pinkham Notch. We'd wanted to do this one for a while and it would be a good chance to wave to our friends that were doing their Seek the Peak hike on Friday.
Hmmm, where to go...
The hike up the Imp Trail to Imp Face is only 2.2 miles with about 1900' of elevation. Perfect for a quick warm-up. The trail at the beginning is soft and the grades are easy. Just a nice walk through the sunny woods. There are some nice brooks and pools along the way.
Before long the trail gets steep and stays that way. The climbing was pretty easy and it didn't take long to get to the ledges.
Ladder on some steep ledges
As we headed out to the ledges I discovered that I'd somehow drawn first blood. Not quite sure how. It's not a real hike unless there's blood though...
I quickly decided that my wound wasn't life threatening and was then overcome by the views. This spot has perhaps the best views of the northern Presidentials of anywhere.
Line of Presidents from the ledges
Pinkham Notch and the Wildcats
Long way down!
Checkin' out the view of the Carters
Mt Washington - see you tomorrow!
We sat, had a snack and enjoyed the views for a long time. This is such a wonderful little hike. It's certainly no wonder that it's on 52 With a View.
Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Clay, Washington
Best northern Presi view anywhere
Pineapple, chocolate and potato chip. Not bad!
On Imp Face - 52WAV #11. Already love this list!
Oh no - the chocolate melted on the pineapple and nuts! Hey, wait a minute... Mmmmm
We finally decided it was time to head down. We had time to stop back at the campground and take a swim before heading to North Conway for registration. The week was definitely off to the right start!
Not sure if this is actually the Imp profile. Looks impish though
One more look...
Nice spot to cool off
Smooth trails, beautiful walk
The trail map and some Google Earth aerial views: