We had a quiet Easter this year and spent the afternoon hiking up Mount Cabot in Shelburne, NH. We parked at the Philbrook Farm on North Road, the same place we started our hike to Crow’s Nest. It was an absolutely beautiful day with the sun shining bright and the temps comfortable in the 50′s. Much of the snow has melted, but we still found some on the north facing slopes and shady spots, especially where winter snowshoers had packed down the trail.
We took the Blue Trail up to the top of Mount Cabot and down the Red Trail for a nice 3.3 mile loop hike.
As we made our way up the trail, we came across a large vernal pool. We haven’t had a warm rainy night yet in northern New Hampshire and there was no sign of any frog or salamander activity.
The last part of the Blue Trail ascends steeply to the summit. Alden had fallen asleep and we hiked up in silence into the red pine forest.
Just before the summit is an open ledge view spot. We stopped to check it out when Alden woke from his short nap, excited to still be hiking. We found a dry, flatish spot and let him crawl around and explore for a little bit.
After our break, we packed up and headed up to the wooded summit. We found a summit loop trail and followed it to another nice view and then back to the trail. We decided to take the red trail back down.
After coming down off the red pine forest summit we entered into a beech forest and Lindsay quickly spotted a bear tree full of claw marks. We didn’t spot any bears though.
On the way down we came across a sign that said “Mary’s Aerie” and we followed the short trail to a very nice view.
Happy Easter everyone!