My sister and I had been wanting to hike Mt. Mansfield ever since she started going to school in Burlington. Last year we considered it but hiked Camel’s Hump instead. Last winter I thought about laying down some turns off the mountain, but we never caught the snow right, or went to Mt. Washington instead.
Two weeks ago I got some more fall hiking in with Annelise and Sweeney. This time our goal was Mt. Osceola from the Waterville Valley side. Sweeney drove up and we got underway pretty quickly.
The visibility was poor, and it was spitting rain, but we had a fun ascent up slabby rock, chatting as we went. There isn’t a good way to make a loop out of it less than 10 miles, especially after Irene tore up some trails to the east. Because of this, we planned to double back the way we’d come.
Our game plan, once again, was heading to Mt. Washington. Winter tricked us again this week, and left NE without much significant snowfall.
We’re quickly becoming regulars at Rob’s ski club where he, Sweeney, and I crashed Friday night. We got an early start Saturday for the usual skin up to Hermit lake. Avalanche risk was on the low-end of moderate, and after getting some details from one of the forecasters, we went to go scope out the bowl.