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Well after much anticipation, and through a bit of a lingering injury, I took my first, true winter hike.  It was everything I hoped it would be for an early season hike, and A LOT more.

An ominous start to the day.


Started off with a leisurely walk 2.5 miles from the parking lot to the trailhead, due to winter road closure.


Once we got to the trailhead for Hale Brook Trail, we donned our snowshoes, and started our 2,200ft climb over the next 2.3 miles to the summit.  This is where the "A LOT more" comment comes into play.

The snow was fresh, and although we didn't need to break trail, wow was I surprised by the sheer effort required to lug self + gear up a trail that during the other 3-seasons is a pretty easy hike!!  I'll blame some of it on a recent injury that's kept me largely off the hills as of late, but I think I got some conditioning to do!!

Clear shot of the snowshoe tracks


This was as good as the "views" got, but I thought there was plenty of beauty in our immediate surroundings.


I exerted enough energy to only wear a silk weight long sleeve, with a light t-shirt on top on the hike up, but it was a little chilly at the top


Group shot at the top


Viewless summit with a view


A friendly brook on the way back to the cars


Overall it was a great trip.  I was throughly sore and exhausted on the way home, and was treated to the first accumulating snow of the season in Boston once at home!!


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Nice trip report, EastieTrekker! I loved that first, ominous picture. Also, your description of the hike sounded very familiar to me. I always end up getting hot and wearing way fewer layers than I think I should be wearing... until we stop walking. And, I pretty much always think to myself: I need to work on my cardio.

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Anyway, looks like a great hike with a nice group of people! I look forward to more of your trip reports.
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Yeah, its funny how fast those snowshoes get heavy!

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Thanks for the memories! That was my first 4,000 footer back in 1972. I'm still at it 40 years later.
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Very nice.  I love seeing that kind of snow on the trees...

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Viewless summit with a view


I love this one ! Unfortunately the "new ?????????" software automatically resizes everything to 600 pix wide with no opportunity to see the image at the originally posted size.


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Nice. Great pictures too. Looks like a fun time. Thanks for posting.

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SWT - here's the direct link
http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums....9_o.jpg

OTHW - That's great! Hale is #17 for me.


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Great pics. Yeah it's amazing how much snowshoes weigh after trudging around in them all day. Plus it's amazing how difficult a trail may be in the winter that is  normally easy during the other 3 seasons.
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Nice photos!  Thank you for sharing.

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Viewless summit with a view


I love this one ! Unfortunately the "new ?????????" software automatically resizes everything to 600 pix wide with no opportunity to see the image at the originally posted size.

So. It look like many people stand up there =)
I like it. Thank for sharing.
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