Fire towers and flowers
After yesterday's summit fail, we were up and at em with a double feature of Kearsarge in the morning and Doublehead in the afternoon on a friend's recommendation. Even though we were warned this was a popular hike, we were the only ones at the trailhead and didn't see anyone else until we were nearly down.
The hike is pretty steady and straightforward up the mountain. Around halfway, we reached some slippery slabs. The trail wound in and out of the forest and over the rocks. Along with the wet trail, vibrant green moss, the sound of the warbling bird song made the morning feel magical.
We saw some beautiful rhododendron growing up on top of Kearsarge. At the very top, there's a spotlessly clean fire tower — apparently one of the last remaining in the Whites. We took in the view through the clouds, took a quick detour to check out the signmarked toilet, then headed back down the same way we came on on to our second hike of the day.
Mount Kearsarge (2,936′)
Kearsarge N Trail
6.2 miles, 2,539' elevation gain
Total Moving Time
Very humid, warm, and partly cloudy
Partners in Crime
Cody + Rye
Ascending up the misty mountain
Rhododendron on the summit of Kearsarge
Fire tower on Kearsarge summit
A view despite the weather
Cody on the Kearsarge fire tower
Surprisingly clean fire tower on Kearsarge
Toilet just off the summit of Kearsarge
Kearsarge summit pup
Beautiful view on the summit of Kearsarge